Plans To Keep Dorset's Roads Clear This Winter
8:33am 13th November 2014
(Updated 8:34am 13th November 2014)
It's the time of year where we might be wishing for a white Christmas but Dorset County Council is getting ready to make sure the county's roads stay safe no matter the weather.
Last year the damage from the severe winter weather took eight months to repair and cost the county council £18.2 million to clear the 2,500 miles of roads they look after.
This year, they've stocked up on supplies of rock salt in case there are freezing temperatures, sleet or snow.
Cllr Peter Finney, the council's Cabinet member for environment and economy, told Wessex FM: "Our teams are prepared for winter and are ready to react to the cold or wet weather. Dorset is always well prepared for this difficult period.
"Drivers can help by planning their routes before they travel so that, where possible, as much of their journey is on treated roads. This may mean a slightly longer journey time, but ultimately a safer route."
For local, lightly used roads and pavements, parish and town councils have their own 'community' salt bins that can be topped up as and when required.
Find out more about gritting schedules and the routes we clear by visiting: