Every year Carmarthenshire spends in excess of £1 Million on the winter maintenance of Trunk and County Roads.
The roads are salted when there is a risk of ice, and during severe weather, cleared of snow so far as is possible.
This service aims to reduce the risk to motorists in Carmarthenshire in what can sometimes be appalling conditions. Carmarthenshire is a large County with around 3,526 kilometres of road, approximately 30% of which are treated as a priority when weather conditions demand it.
A fleet of 18 Gritter Lorries will treat around a third of the 3,526 kilometres of roads in the county when necessary.
Staff will also be on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to respond to the changing weather and road conditions.
Around 1040 kilometres of road across Carmarthenshire can be treated within three hours of a bad weather warning.
The first priority is given to trunk and principal routes: this includes roads leading to hospitals, ambulance stations, fire stations, railway stations, bus garages, important bus routes, strategic commuter routes, slip roads, and other important distributor routes.
In extreme conditions, secondary priority is given to important commuter routes, shopping streets, historically problematic sections (not on the first priority routes) and other bus routes.
Carmarthenshire County Council has been appointed by The South Wales Trunk Road Agent to treat trunk roads within Carmarthenshire and 100% of trunk roads are treated when winter conditions demand.
When does the County Council salt the highways?
The Department continuously receives weather forecast information from MeteoGroup UK and gritting actions are carried out if poor road conditions are predicted. The Department is also able to monitor data obtainable from weather outstations that have been installed on Trunk and Principal Roads in the West Wales Region.
Once the decision to salt the roads is taken, approximately 1040 kilometres are treated usually within three hours. Please note NOT ALL roads in the County are salted. Details of routes treated can be viewed by referring to the route plans under ‘Useful Documents’. If snow should fall, snow clearing work will come into operation across the whole county on a priority basis.
During the winter period Carmarthenshire County Council’s Highways Division has to resource a large fleet of specialist vehicles with highly trained drivers in order to provide cover for our priority routes. It has in stock approximately 14,500 tonnes of salt, most of which are stored under cover in Salt Barns in strategic locations across the County.