Kildare County Council all set for icy spell

The colder weather is setting in

Paul O'Meara

Reporter:

Paul O'Meara

Email:

paul@leinsterleader.ie

Kildare County Council all set for icy spell

KCC

The main national primary routes and national secondary routes are prioritised by Kildare County Council during icy weather conditions.

These are followed by regional roads and public transport routes while all other routes are regarded as the third priority.

Rosters have been prepared and distributed to relevant personnel and plant operators are rostered on a week on/week off basis.

Since mid-2013 the responsibility for general and winter maintenance of motorways has been awarded to private contractors employed by the National Roads Authority.

So the treating of motorways and all associated slip roads, roundabouts, and interchange bridges is no longer KCC’s responsibility.

In the event that KCC resources are fully utilised, the Defence Forces are available to assist in carrying out works that KCC cannot reach, according to KCC.

The Duty Officer at the Curragh Camp is available to provide additional transport and manpower to assist KCC.

KCC makes use of a weather forecasting system when deciding to a salt the roads or not and this decision can be made as late at 9.30pm - depending on the weather outlook - and the latest starting time is 4am.

The loading of salt takes place at council depots in Maynooth, Newbridge and Athy.