order for road salting|
We routinely treat only the first priority routes
in the event of forecasted
ice, frost or snow. We carry out this treatment in advance of the forecasted conditions to achieve
the most effective results. Lower priority roads are not treated in this way.
order we salt roads:
priority routes are 'A' class roads, access roads to emergency
services establishments and to areas of high traffic concentration, and other heavily used roads.
priority routes cover approximately 25% of the road network, but they carry around 85% of all traffic.
Second priority routes are single accesses to villages, to schools,
to emergency and to other public services not already treated.
are only treated following prolonged
Community Routes are routes to all other Hampshire controlled
schools and community facilities such as Health Centres.
will generally only be carried
out during periods of prolonged and persistent frost,ice or snow which are expected to continue.
Take extra care driving during severe weather, and don't assume all roads
have been treated.
|When we won't salt|
No matter how accurate the weather forecast, there are some situations
where we do not salt the network prior to icy conditions because this would be ineffective:
- When rain is followed by rapidly clearing skies, salting will
normally start soon after the rain has stopped (to avoid the salt being washed away). Sometimes temperatures
can fall rapidly following rainfall and the wet roads may well freeze before we have been able to treat
- Rush hour snowfall. When rain turns to snow coinciding with the rush hour,
early salting would not take place as it would be washed away and gritters can often not make progress
due to traffic congestion.
|Pavements and footpaths|
Busy pedestrian routes will only be salted at times of prolonged sub-zero
temperatures and when there is persistent frost or ice.
Other pavements and footpaths are not salted.
- Cycle tracks which are part of the road are treated as
designated by the road priority
- Cycle tracks which are part of the footway network are treated as the
footway treatment designation