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​Ministry of Public Works sets in motion Winter Road Safety Campaign on State Road Network

Tuesday 7 November 2017
Ministerio de Fomento

The Ministry of Public Works has set in motion the 2017-2018 Winter Road Safety Campaign on the State Road Network in order to guarantee safe travel with snow and ice on the roads.

The measures made available, which may be deployed in bad weather conditions, are made up of:

  • 1,364 snow ploughs.
  • 242,297 tonnes of melting agents (mainly salt), distributed in 352 warehouses and 530 silos.

All of the sections of roads making up the State network are assigned a Service Level, with priority attention to those roads with the greatest volume of traffic (average daily intensity - IMD in Spanish), as well as those highways and motorways that connect provincial capitals and urban areas with a population of more than 20,000 inhabitants.

The aim of this campaign is to guarantee safe travel with snow and ice on State roads.

The winter road safety operations include preventive treatments and remedies in situations with low temperatures and in the event of snow on the roads affected by these phenomena.

The main aims are to prevent ice forming on road surfaces in freezing conditions; information to drivers of any incident with sufficient warning; and, in the event of snow, its removal to minimise impediments to the traffic flow as a result of this.

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