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Gritters being used to stop Cumbria's roads melting

Gritters have been deployed in Cumbria today because roads are melting.

Gritter photo

Cumbria County Council says they are spreading rock dust due to bitumen melting and rising to the top of the road surface.

The Met Office has forecast highs of up to 27 degrees today with the warm spell set to continue until Friday.

The gritters are usually deployed during cold weather but the fleet is spreading the dust in an effort to protect road surfaces.

The high temperatures mean some bitumen surfaces have started to become sticky and viscous and under these conditions, can become stuck to tyres.

The crushed rock, in particle sizes between 3mm and dust, helps protect roads and vehicles from damage by putting a non-stick layer between road and tyre.

Coun Keith Little, Cabinet member for highways, said: “The process is a bit like when you roll dough, you have to flour the surface first in order for the dough to stop sticking. It shows we’re having the foresight to protect our roads from longer term damage, saving money and also avoiding damage to people’s vehicles.”

Roads being treated today include the A595 Seven Acres to Greengarth junction; Wath Brow to Ennerdale; A5086 Edgars Garage to Lamplugh School junction and the A595 Holmrook to Irton Hall.

Have your say

I think from the comments here we should give Andy the expert the job to sort out the potholes in Carlisle for £50,000.

Just pop into any High Street bank with your business plan and I'm sure you will get your first year's start up fees to get your business premises, aggregates, plant and staff no problem.

Go Andy, I believe in you

Posted by The Realist on 24 July 2014 at 23:45

And grit causes scratch marks to cars and maybe make little slow punctures in tyres-oh well it'll keep the peoples poorer and garages in business. Bring on proper concreted road surfaces instead of lining council workers pension pots.

Posted by Pete on 24 July 2014 at 15:12

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