15 January 2010

Northamptonshire County Council along with its highways service provider, MGWSP, continue to monitor weather conditions in the county and make decisions to ensure roads and footways are open and safe to use.

The improvement in the weather yesterday meant that crews who had been concentrating on the winter service could start to address the deterioration of road surfaces.

Crews are out on ‘find and fix’ around the county and made good headway on the backlog of repairs that have to be dealt with. All reports from the public on potholes are appreciated and it is asked that people are patient while the current backlog is cleared.

All 1,729 salt bins a have been visited and refilled. Refills for bins should be requested through Street Doctor by telephoning 0845 601 1113 or by visiting the council’s website on www.northamptonshire.gov.uk

The thaw and sleet yesterday made conditions dangerous with ice forming on road and footway surfaces and, today, with conditions remaining icy and foggy drivers are being urged to drive with care and leave sufficient stopping distances.

The council will continue to salt footways in major pedestrian and shopping areas and inspections are taking place around the county to establish where needs are greatest for both footways and highways.

The weather forecast indicates that there will be a chance of patchy rain at first this afternoon but it will soon turn drier and brighter with some sunshine.

Tonight will be dry with clear spells at first allowing temperatures to fall to just above freezing. However, it will become cloudier through the early hours and rain will arrive from the west towards dawn.

A decision on salting the network will be made later today, while over the weekend the weather will be monitored and gritting carried out as conditions dictate.