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Sunday, 17 January 2016

INFORMATION BULLETIN RE: Winter gritting

 

Cheshire East Council highways teams have been busy treating the 1,090 kms Cheshire East road network in response to the rain, sleet and snow along with freezing temperatures that have been seen over night.

High level routes to the east of the Borough were gritted yesterday at 2pm and 8pm with all routes (high level routes and all priority routes across the borough) treated at 2:30am and again at 6am into the morning travel peak.

These gritting plans were made in response to forecast intermittent snow and rain.

Gritters and snow ploughs continue to work on the A54 and A537 this morning.

These roads have been closed since yesterday morning due to excess water on the road as a result of recent high levels of rainfall, which has reduced the effectiveness of several salt treatments.

We are seeing widespread ice in the freezing conditions in these locations and are working to make these roads safe again. Motorists are asked to bear with the highways teams whilst this work is done.

Mow Cop is part of the Council’s high level gritting routes and has been treated four times since yesterday afternoon.

Although highways have been busy treating the network, the excessive rainfall seen in Cheshire East over the last few weeks has saturated roads.

Combined with freezing temperatures, this may lead to isolated patches of ice and motorists are advised to drive carefully.

More freezing conditions are expected for this evening and gritting plans will be made in accordance with the weather forecast. Keep up to date with our gritting plans by following @CEC Highways or visiting cheshireeast.gov.uk/highways.

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