Angus Council’s roads winter maintenance programme shifted into gear just before the clocks went back in readiness for the colder temperatures.
With more than 1100 miles of roads and pavements and a typical winter spend of about £2.6 million required to battle weather conditions, there is a power of work to be done to keep people and traffic moving safely.
In the coming weeks and months, roads staff and specialised vehicles will be dispatched on winter gritting and snow clearing operations.
There is about 19,000 tonnes of salt (or grit as it is also known when mixed with sand), which is not only destined for the roadways, but is also stocked throughout more than 600 grit bins across the Angus communities.
During severe winter weather the council will strive to keep roads and footpaths clear and operational hours can be up to 18 hours of the day (between 5am and 11pm).
It’s important that drivers are aware that salt takes time to act and is helped by traffic on the road, but at very low temperatures (-6°C and below) it is less effective. Please stay alert and always drive according to the conditions around you when travelling.
Drivers are reminded to make sure that their vehicles are fit for winter and that they carry essential emergency equipment such as a shovel, warm clothing, blanket, boots, some food and a warm drink in a flask.
In the event of severe weather, updates on council services wll be given on the local authority’s Weather Watch page and through Twitter and Facebook.