Met Eireann has warned that Ireland can expect more heavy snow this winter, and Kilkenny County Council’s Winter Maintenace Plan for its roads is already in effect.
The plan will remain in place until April 30 next year. Daily monitoring of road conditions takes place during this period, with resources deployed if necessary.
The plan involves aiming, as far as practicable, to keep Priority 1 and 2 roads frost/ice-free 24 hours a day, seven days a week by deployment of salt spreaders. The total length of the network of P1 and P2 routes is 427km.
The council also will provide periodic winter maintenance services on Priority 3 routes in the event of particularly severe weather conditions. Due to the length of the local road network, it is not feasible to treat all roads during the winter season.
At a recent meeting of Kilkenny County Council, director of services Tim Butler said it was important for motorists to drive with caution on the roads, and behave as if they are not treated. A higher number of deployments was required last year due to several extreme weather events.
“We hope that doesn’t repeat,” said Mr Butler.
Mr Butler said it was proposed to keep the routes the same as last year, with members’ approval. The plan was proposed, seconded and agreed by the councillors.