Busiest month yet for Island Roads winter maintenance teams

Posted on: June 22, 2019 at 5:01 am
Island Roads' winter maintenance team

Island Roads crews have dealt with their busiest ever month in terms of winter maintenance activity.

During January, 14 gritting runs were undertaken using around 400 tonnes of salt/grit. On January 12 alone, 100 tonnes were used on three separate runs as heavy rain throughout the day turned to wintery showers and ice at night.

Nearly 30 winter maintenance staff were used during the month which also saw high winds and heavy rainfall as well as freezing conditions.

Despite the heavy use of salt in January, the stocks remain high and there will be plenty left in reserve for the rest of the season.

Cllr Jon Gilbey, IW Council member responsible for the highways PFI, said: “January was a very testing time and I was very pleased with the response from Island Roads’ winter maintenance teams.

“Their staff were doing their work to keep the highways gritted in some awful weather and I am grateful for their efforts.”