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Salt Trucks Hit the Road in Dorset

Icy Road

3:47pm 18th November 2013

With the temperature set to fall across Dorset the gritters are hitting the roads tonight (Monday 18th November).

It'll be the first time this season the County Council has deployed the trucks loaded with grit and salt that are sprinkled all over the roads to keep the ice at bay.

Gritters made over 100 runs to keep our roads clear last year - that's a 3rd more than normal.  The gritters will often go out several times, night and day to ensure that the main routes are kept as clear as possible.

The county council is responsible for more than 2,500 miles of urban and rural roads, with a winter focus on the core roads of 650 miles which are the ones used by 80% of vehicles.

A daily, detailed local forecast informs the decisions on what action needs to be taken and when is the most effective time to spread the salt.

The overnight temperature is up and down this week in Dorset as the winter weather rolls in. By the end of the week Met Office forecasters predict a drop down to 2 degrees during the night.

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