by danielbarker on 4 December, 2012
Winter service is snow and ice clearance, or the precautionary spreading of salt on highways to prevent ice from forming. As a caring council we wish to reduce the impact bad weather has on residents and users of the borough’s highways by achieiving the following aims:
Grit boxes are filled up prior to the winter period. They are continualy filled as/when needed.
All the boxes are located where we have steep gradients or difficult junctions within the borough. The locations are agreed annually by cabinet as are the gritting routes. The boxes are for the sole use of local residents in that particular street. The grit can be used on the highway or pavement (not on drives).
The full winter service started operating on 1 November and will cease operating on 31 March 2013. A limited response to bad weather will also be available in April.
The total length of roads in the borough is approximately 532 miles (856km) of which 218 miles (351km) are salted; this is equivalent to 41% of the roads in the borough.
Footways and minor roads are not routinely treated, but snow and ice removal is undertaken if possible where normal council duties are prevented, such as road repairs or grounds maintenance.
We receive weather forecasts from the MeteoGroup UK Road Cast service, which uses data from road sensors throughout the West Midlands. The decision to spread salt on roads depends on a number of factors, not just air temperature. We follow the procedure recommended in the Code of Practice for Maintenance Management – Well-maintained Highways.
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