Lincolnshire County Council’s fleet of gritters will head out on Saturday on their first test run of the year.
The county’s roads might still be frost-free but the winter response team is checking the gritters are ready for any challenges ahead.
Our salt reserves are shipped over from the Mediterranean so it has made financial sense to buy in bulk and we will keep what we don’t use for the following winterCoun Richard Davies, executive member for highways
Forty-three gritters will emerge from depots across the county at 7.30am, including Pode Hole.
Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “I am really excited about the gritting programme this year as we have a more efficient and cost-effective service and we can still treat nearly 2,000 miles of our county’s road at once if we need to.
“Our salt reserves are shipped over from the Mediterranean so it has made financial sense to buy in bulk and we will keep what we don’t use for the following winter.
“We also expect to use less salt as we can monitor the temperature of individual roads with our new-technology – so we can be more targeted with the roads we treat.
“Of course if we are in any doubt roads will be gritted to make sure they are safe but it’s great to have this flexibility.”
Keep up to date with gritting at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/winterweather or follow @LincsCC_Roads on Twitter.