Salt moun­tain will be keep­ing our roads safe

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Ashford Cattle Show -

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.”

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