Gritters will be out and about across the Island’s road network from 19:00 this evening (Sunday) for the first time this season.
Island Roads are anticipating low temperatures overnight, resulting in the fleet undertaking a full salt run across 6 different routes.
Island Roads relies on several sources of information to determine whether the network requires treatment. Firstly, there is a bespoke forecast supplied specifically for the Island by a national meteorological service and in addition to this Island Roads also receive continuous readings and information from 2 weather stations at Duxmore and Rowridge.
The salt supply at Island Roads’ winter maintenance depot at Stag Lane has already been topped up to a level of 1,600 tonnes. By way of comparison, last year a total of 800 tonnes was used on the network in a winter season that included the busiest night of gritter activity so far in the Highways PFI contract.
You can find out which roads will be treated at http://www.islandecho.co.uk/gritting-routes/.