Current Salting Routes
The proposed salting routes identified in the above map are prioritised as follows:
- Priority 1: National Routes N3, N54, N55, and N87. Meaning that every effort will be made to keep these routes open at all times.
- Priority 2: The Regional Routes identified.
Bad weather such as fog, ice and snow can strike suddenly, catching road users off guard. Driving in frosty weather presents difficulties which motorists don’t normally face throughout the year.
In these weather conditions it is best to avoid making a journey by road unless absolutely necessary. If driving in such conditions is unavoidable, be prepared. The majority of road collisions are caused by human error. In fact, driver error accounts for over 80% of all fatal and injury crashes. The golden rule is drive with care and caution – expect the unexpected.
Irish weather is notoriously hard to predict and very changeable so don’t assume that the road you are travelling has been treated.
Cavan and other County Councils use a “cold weather alert” system (Ice Cast) to predict when roads may become icy. This helps to decide when roads should be salted.
Cavan County Council uses about 90 tonnes of salt in a night’s salting which covers about 500km of the county’s national and regional road network.
Salting the network takes time – be cautious - don’t assume it’s done.
Treatment of roads with salt is a measure taken to reduce the risk of collisions and injury. It is not a guarantee that “normal” speeds can be achieved.
Sleet and snow can be particularly dangerous.
Frost after rain can undo any benefit of salting.
Ensure that your vehicle is adequately prepared for winter driving.
Finally, if you must travel, adapt your driving to the prevailing conditions and always err on the side of caution; your life may depend on it.