Salt mountain will be keeping our roads safe
THIS 3,000 tonne mountain of salt is the ammunition that highways bosses hope will help keep Kent’s roads moving this winter.
The stash of salt is at the new Kent Highway Services (KHS) super depot in Ashford. KHS says the use of precise forecasting means that salt can now be used at the right time, first time.
Twenty thousand tonnes of salt have been stockpiled and 64 spreading vehicles based at seven salting depots around the county are ready to go into action when temperatures plummet.
Detailed weather forecasts gathered from 14 weather stations across Kent – including data on road and air temperatures and moisture levels – are used to determine when salting vehicles should leave their depots to treat roads.
The forecast categorises action into green, amber or red. Red means that temperatures on the road will drop to freezing and the salting crews will usually go out. A green forecast requires no salting action and amber means that action could be necessary and a further update will be issued.
The aim is to lay salt at the point just before the road freezes to get the full benefit and in severe weather crews will do two runs or more in one night.
Kim Hills, KHS head of community operations said: “People often think that salting the roads is about rushing out when the first snowflake falls, but there’s actually a lot of planning involved.
“While Kent residents are tucked up in bed, we’re out and about laying salt at the right time to make sure that Kent’s roads are as safe as possible in winter weather.”