Work to keep you on the road this winter
Maintenence teams begin programme of improvements on county’s roads and footpaths before the cold weather really bites
With summer a distant memory,areamaintenance teams from the group have turned their attention to the work needed to prepare grass verges on the edge of roads for winter.
During the summer months, more than 33 million square metres of grass were cut across the county, but now the teams are cutting drainage grips on the verges to help water drain from the road, as well as tidying footways, clearing overhanging vegetation and cutting back hedges to ensure roads and footpaths are as safe as possible for the winter months.
Throughout the summer, more thatn 9,050 potholes have also been repaired in order to give the roads the best start to the winter as possible. Gritting teams are preparing for their first trip out, with road temperatures and weather reports being monitored in preparation for the first gritting run.
This year, 10,500 tonnes of salt are being stored in barns across the county, ready for use when icy weather arrives.
Transport for Bucks says that it takes decisions on whether to grit on a daily basis, based on forecasts and predicted road temperatures. If temperatures fall below zero, crews will be called in to carry out precautionary salting runs. Once a decision has been made about whether or not to treat the roads, the Transport for Bucks website will be updated each day, with Twitter alerts on @tfbalerts keeping people informed.
Mark Shaw, Bucks County Council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “After last year’s relatively mild and wet winter, we’re prepared for all conditions once again this season.
“Thewealthofexperience and knowledge within our winter teams fills me with confidence that we can deliver a top notch service to keep our roads as safe and secure as possible.
“We must remember, however, that salt is not a cure-all substance, and I’d encourage residents all to check that vehicles are ready for the cold weather.”