30/11/2012 Stay Updated on Road Conditions this Winter with Donegal County Councils new website www.donegalcocowinterweather.ie

Press Release

30 November 2012

Stay Updated on Road Conditions this Winter with Donegal County Councils new website www.donegalcocowinterweather.ie


Donegal County Council is encouraging the public check out their new winter weather website which gives information on salting and other services the Council provides during the winter. This new website provides information on the Councils Roads Winter Service Policy, including gritting routes, locations of grit available to the public along with general information on driving safely during bad weather conditions and links to national online resources. Updates are also provided via social media linked to the site.

John McLaughlin, Director of Roads and Transportation with the Council welcoming the launch of the website said that “it provides important information for all road users and local and national media outlets and I would encourage people to follow us on Twitter @roadsDCC or @donegalcouncil or on the Councils Facebook page.”

Social media is becoming an increasingly important way of getting notices, messages and information into the public domain particularly during poor and extreme weather.

The Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Frank McBrearty also welcomed this new website and said that it is provides an additional source for people who want to get information on the services the Council provides.

The severe winter weather conditions experienced in 2010 and 2011 highlighted for everyone the important services that the Council provide in keeping main roads and access points open throughout the county.

This website sets out clearly the Councils policy on which roads are prioritised for salting and where grit is available to the public.

The Council also highlighted the limitations of its service. Although every effort will be made by the Council to maintain traffic routes in a passable condition, ice free roads cannot be guaranteed and drivers must exercise extra caution during winter weather conditions.

Speaking at the launch of the website, Brian Burke, Duty Engineer with the Council stated that “the Council spent over €1.8million in winter maintenance 2010- 11. Outside our road surfacing programme this is the largest element of the Council’s Roads expenditure. We have 21 salters with snowploughs and between 25- 80 staff depending on weather conditions working at night and during weekends.

The Council has over 7500 tonnes of salt stocked at locations throughout the County, which leaves us well prepared for the 2012 / 2013 Winter.

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For further information contact Stephen Flynn, Senior Engineer at 074 91 72244

or

Anne Marie Conlon, Communications Officer, 074 91 72207 or 087 9192275