Winter gritting and road maintenance
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When Darlington's roads are in the icy grip of winter weather our winter maintenance team is out at all hours aiming to keep roads safe and ice-free.
- When do you decide to grit the roads?
- What do you use to grit the roads?
- Can you grit my path?
- Do you grit cycle paths?
- When do you clear snow?
- The A1 and A66 are covered in snow and ice, can you clear them?
- I saw a gritter and it wasn't spreading any salt
- Do you grit around schools and care homes?
- Do you grit car parks?
During bad weather we receive several daily weather forecasts to inform us of the condition of the roads - we use this information to decide whether to grit or not.
We don't have fixed gritting times - we grit roads whenever it is necessary.
We use salt as a de-icing agent as it is the most cost-effective means of treatment. It can be used to prevent ice forming, and it helps to remove snow as vehicles drive over it.
Unfortunately we are unable to grit paths, apart from those in the town centre when resources become available.
There are grit bins available if you need to grit paths yourself. This grit can be used on pavements and other public walkways.
We do not grit cycle paths. The only exception is cycle paths in the town centre (when resources are available).
During and after heavy snowstorms our priority is to clear essential routes. Minor roads may not be treated until essential routes are cleared.
Once resources are available we will clear snow from main shopping areas and busy roads in town. Foot paths and cycle paths will only be cleared in emergencies.
The Government have created The Snow Code [external link] which is a guide for people who want to clear snow from paths.
The Government has also some information on protecting your property [external link] and other winter related information.
We are not responsible for the state of the A1 or A66. These roads are maintained by Highways England.
It may be that the gritter is on its way to start its route or is on its way back to the depot.
Only priority routes are presalted to prevent ice forming. The existing treated network already includes many schools and care homes in the town. Schools and care homes not on the routes will be considered for treatment during prolonged severe weather, when resources allow.
Town centre car parks (managed by Darlington Borough Council) are checked during the early morning inspection and areas requiring attention are treated as soon as resources become available. This is usually after the main presalting routes have been completed.