Gritting crews battle frost and snow

PUBLISHED: 12:58 05 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:48 06 May 2010

GRITTING crews have been out on the roads every night since New Year s Day as sub-zero conditions hit the area. Temperatures fell to -7 degrees overnight on Saturday and more sub-zero conditions are forecast for this evening (Monday) with the cold spell e

GRITTING crews have been out on the roads every night since New Year's Day as sub-zero conditions hit the area.

Temperatures fell to -7 degrees overnight on Saturday and more sub-zero conditions are forecast for this evening (Monday) with the cold spell expected to last at least until the weekend.

The 58 Herts Highways gritting crews were out twice in the early hours of this morning (Monday) to salt the entire primary network before the morning peak period.

Any spare crews are treating secondary routes and high-priority footways throughout today. Crews will be out again on main roads after the evening peak period.

Some parts of the county had one inch of snow overnight and snow-ploughs were sent out in parts of West Herts.

The decision to send out the crews is based on information received from up-to-the minute weather forecasts and 12 roadside weather-reporting stations linked to computers.

All winter maintenance vehicles now have GPS technology fitted so each vehicle can be tracked as well as which roads it has salted.

Herts Highways salt the county's A and B roads, all bus routes, at least one road in and out of villages, industrial areas and shopping centres.

Around 300 tonnes of salt is used on each outing but in extreme weather up to 1,500 tonnes can be used in a day.

If you spot a problem with any road, then you can report it by visiting www.hertsdirect.org/highwayfaults or by calling 01438 737320.

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