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UPDATE: Cumbria County Council grits roads in sweltering heat

GRITTERS are taking to the roads in Cumbria today because they are melting.

Cumbria County Council revealed on social media site Twitter that their gritters are out in force spreading due to bitumen melting and rising to the top of the road surface.

The Met Office has forecast highs of up to 27 degrees in Barrow today with hot weather set to continue until Friday with degrees of 26 degrees, temperatures will drop to 23 degrees on Saturday and 21 degrees on Sunday.

The gritters are usually deployed during cold snaps to combat freezing on the county's roads. Today, however, the fleet will be spreading crushed rock dust in an effort to protect road surfaces.

Temperatures have been so high recently that bitumen surfaces have started to become sticky and viscous and under these conditions, bits of the road surface can become stuck to tyres, leaving the roads at risk of being damaged.

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

Cllr Keith Little, Cabinet Member for highways, said: “If the bitumen becomes overheated this has the potential to lead to a loss of shape in the carriageway surface as well as affecting vehicles. 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 with the dust protection today include:

1. A595 - Seven Acres to Greengarth Junction

2. A595 Just Past Ravenglass Junction to top of Broadoak

3. Station Road Bootle - From A595 to just past Bootle Depot

4. Irton Levels - From A595 Holmrook to Irton Hall

5. B5344 Gosforth Crossroads to Calder Gate Junction

6. B5345 Iron Bridge to Howman

7. Outrigg Road / Marlborough Road, St Bees

8. Wath Brow to Ennerdale

9. A5086 Edgars Garage to Lamplugh School Junction

10. Asby Junction to 30mph at old "Sun Inn" Pub

11. B5294 Rheda 30mph to Threaplands 30mph

12. Rosehill Coal Road - From A595 Parton to Moresby Parks Roundabout

Have your say

Roads kept in good condition, using better quality materials. (Initial expense high, but long term less pot holes and roads not melting at temperatures above 25°C)
When are they going to learn that cutting corners now will without doubt cost more long term.

Posted by Un surprised on 24 July 2014 at 11:54

I totally agree with "pockets" comment! Friars Lane towards Roose Road junction is a joke! I know roads get worn with time but who on Earth would let a road get this bad? What about the taxes we all pay to get this fixed and as a road user myself will there be any pay outs for car repairs should my car become damaged because of this ridiculous road surface? I bet it would be a smoother drive on scafell pike! C'mon get it fixed!!

Posted by GJW on 23 July 2014 at 20:22

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