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Winter Maintenance

Winter Maintenance

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Introduction

The Council is responsible for winter maintenance on adopted roads and footways throughout Clackmannanshire.

We have to prioritise roads and footways so that the most important routes are treated first. Sometimes, long periods of bad weather mean that we have to concentrate on keeping main routes open: this keeps our fleet constantly in use and means we do not treat less-used routes.

We ask you to appreciate that whilst we always strive to deliver our normal services, there may be times when these are disrupted. There can be a delay as we prioritise those who need our help most.

Our forecaster supplies us with a detailed local forecast daily during winter. If the forecast warns of adverse weather conditions, we take action. We also monitor weather conditions 24 hours a day. Our aim is to spread salt on the roads before ice forms but this is not always possible. Rainwater can freeze quickly and ice can form before our gritters have completed their routes. Additionally, if rain turns to snow during the morning or evening rush hour, traffic congestion makes it very difficult to grit roads.

We use rock salt for winter service operations, however this has a limited impact on icy surfaces when temperatures drop below minus 8C.

See our Winter Maintenance Map for information on grit-bin locations and gritting routes.

Priority 1 roads

The strategic road network including all major bus service routes, main urban traffic routes, principal routes to most schools and routes to emergency service establishments.

  • Precautionary salt treatment between 5.30 am and midnight
  • Treatment of ice formations between 5.30 am and midnight
  • Snow clearing 24 hours a day

It takes 2.5 hours to treat ice on all Priority 1 roads, so in the morning we start treatment at 5.30 am and aim to finish by 8.00am in order to minimise disruption. Clearing snow can take longer.

Priority 2 roads

These are the major secondary routes which include urban spine roads into housing and industrial areas; certain rural roads and identified routes including major cul-de-sacs in housing and industrial areas; and certain roads opening up less populated rural areas.

These areas are only treated when the prevailing ice or snow conditions are likely to continue beyond midday. They are only treated once the Priority 1 routes are clear.

Priority 3 roads

The remainder of the road network will only be treated in very exceptional weather conditions. Please make use of grit bins where appropriate.

Footways/pavements

Priority 1 footways
  • Immediately outside shops in urban, community or village shopping centres, where there are at least 3 shops.
  • Connecting such shopping areas to relatively nearby and identified public buildings.
  • Adopted footways in sheltered housing or residential complexes for the elderly.
  • One footway along main pedestrian routes which best serves pedestrian traffic and/or serves the most premises.
  • Providing a link to old people's homes or sheltered housing complexes from the nearest treated footway.
  • Standing areas at bus stops
  • Outside the main access gates to schools.

These will be salted each morning that there is snow or ice unless it's expected to melt before 8 am. We try to clear snow mechanically. Treatment for nnow at other times of the working day will be undertaken the following morning.

Footways will only be treated 6 days a week (Monday to Saturday) except in Alloa town centre when they will be treated 7 days a week in the run up to Christmas.

Priority 2 and 3 footways

The remainder of the footway network will only be treated in very exceptional weather conditions.

Link footpaths will not be treated where alternative, longer, treated footway routes are available.

Be prepared

Check out the Priority Gritting Route Map in the documents section below. It shows the main priority routes throughout Clackmannanshire.

Always drive according to the conditions: just because a road has a high priority rating does not mean it is safe to drive at normal speeds in poor weather conditions! For more information see our winter driving page.

Grit bins

Grit bins are provided on non-priority gritting routes where there are:

  • steep gradients
  • sharp bends
  • awkward cul-de-sacs

Development Services currently supply in excess of 330 grit bins for salt/grit storage for use on the adopted public road and footway network. The large number of bins reflects the Council's desire to encourage self help at locations where minor roads and lesser important routes have a lower priority response for mechanical treatment.

Grit bins will be refilled as soon as possible after a period of extreme weather. Given the large number of bins, there is a considerable resource implication to replenish salt/grit and this task will only be undertaken when carriageway and footway treatments have been scaled down sufficiently to release labour and plant for grit bin duties. Hence we cannot supply additional grit bins at locations which do not meet the criteria specified within the Policy.

Salt or a mixture of salt and grit is provided solely for use on the adopted public road network and not on private areas, for example driveways etc. Individuals misusing salt should be directed to DIY stores and Builders Merchants to purchase salt for private use.

We operate a strategy of leaving grit bins in place all year round. This practice is both cost effective and land efficient.

For more information about grit bins, please see our Grit Bin Frequently Asked Questions page. Alternatively, for information on grit bin locations please see our Winter Maintenance Map.

Help yourself to help others

Over the years, householders and businesses have cleared footways around their own properties. This type of self-help does make a big contribution in making areas safer for everyone, especially the elderly. It allows us to concentrate on helping people who are unable to help themselves.

The Service is open to working in collaboration with community groups who wish to assist in treating lower priority routes within their own neighbourhoods. Further information can be obtained by contacting us at roads@clacks.gov.uk.

You can refer to the Met Office's Snow Code page for useful advice and information.

Public Transport

Due to the adverse weather many bus routes and trains are subject to delays, cancellation or rerouting. We are trying to provide as much up to date information on the services operating in Clackmannanshire as possible. For more information please check our public transport page.

For Further Information Contact

Roads, Traffic & Transportation
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000
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