Limerick Local Authorities Prepare For Winter Season
Limerick Local Authorities have secured more than 4000 tonnes of rock salt to treat Limerick’s roads during the coming winter.
November 12, 2012 (FPRC) -- The Authorities expressed confidence that they have ample supplies of salt and grit to treat the City and County’s roads in the event of a prolonged outbreak of cold weather.
Paul Crowe, Director of Services, Travel and Transportation explained: “Presently, Limerick Local Authorities possess more than 3500 tonnes of salt ahead of the coming winter. We have secured an additional 500 tonnes which can be availed of if and when required during the coming months.”
Local Authority road staff have already participated in their first road treatment operation of the winter. Last week, the surface temperature dropped low enough for a number of trucks to be dispatched to treat much of Limerick’s Priority 1 and 2 routes.
Meanwhile, Mr. Crowe noted that the Authorities have received no indication from Met Éireann that the country is going to experience a prolonged period of cold weather in the near future. Late 2010 brought prolonged periods of cold weather leading to significant disruption to traffic and travel across Limerick as well as causing water shortages in many parts.
Mr. Crowe continued: “We are well prepared to deal with all eventualities. We have also updated our fleet of eight 26-tonne salt spreader trucks by installing a GPS system which will enable Limerick Local Authorities to better manage and coordinate road maintenance operations”
He also noted that the ‘Winter Maintenance – Salting routes 2012 – 2013’, which are available to view on the Authorities’ websites at www.lcc.ie and www.Limerickcity.ie, are divided into two categories.
“The salting routes are categorised as Priority 1 and Priority 2. Priority 1 relates to national primary and secondary roads and some priority regional roads. Priority 2 relates to Limerick’s main regional road network, heavily trafficked routes and some access routes to public facilities, such as the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle,” Mr. Crowe explained.
Meanwhile, Limerick Local Authorities are urging members of the public across Limerick to start preparing for the winter season which brings with it an increased threat of severe weather, including snow, ice, damaging winds and flooding. The call follows the launch on Friday (9 November) by The Government Task Force on Emergency Planning of the “Winter-Ready Information Campaign 2012-2013”.
According to Mr. Crowe: “The key messages being delivered by the ‘Winter-Ready’ campaign are that people should be prepared, know how to stay safe and know where to find help if needed. Information hosted on our websites include advice for householders, motorists, pedestrians, schools, the farming and business communities on what to do should another big freeze or flooding incident hit. There is also plenty of very useful advice for motorists about how to ensure your vehicle is winter-ready as well as tips for motoring in snow, ice, high winds, floods and fog.”
The ‘Be Winter Ready’ guide is accompanied on the Limerick Local Authorities’ websites by detailed information on the ice treatment regime/routes for the 2012-13 winter season in Limerick.
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