In the midst of a cold snap, Louth County Council are currently under going a rigorous schedule of road gritting to ensure roads are kept in the safest conditions possible. With Christmas approaching, the roads are as bust as ever and gritting teams have been out several times a day over the last week or so with temperatures dropping.
As ever, the local authority has provided winter gritting routes which sees main roads and roads and streets in the town being gritted to ensure safety in heavy volume areas. Roads are being gritted during the day and overnight.
Roads on both the council’s Route One (below in red) and Route Two (below in blue) covers the town. Route One covers the N52 old Dundalk road from Ardee to Dundalk on the north side and Ardee to Collon on the N2 on the south.
Route two around Ardee covers many of the streets and roads that are offshoots of the main N2 that passes through the town.
It takes in the Kells Road, Mandistown, Shanlis and Blakestown to the N2 whilst it also covers John Street as far as Currabeg and Hale Street until the turn off for the Link Road.
The N2 from Ardee to Carrickmacross is on the gritting list, as is the Tallanstown Road from Ardee.
‘While the roads indicated will be gritted when frost or snow is forecast, it is the drivers responsibility to take care and drive safely in the prevailing conditions,’ the local authority say.
‘Louth Local Authorities are not responsible for any accidents that may occur as a result of poor driving conditions.’
A Status Orange snow and ice warning that was in place for County Louth has since been revised by Met Eireann, but it remains in place for 13 other counties. It is now thought Louth will largely escape the snowfall predicted overnight. Louth Weather on Facebook today stated that the chance of snowfall in Louth was “decreasing.”
You can view the council’s gritting routes in full on their website by clicking here.
Gritting crews will be back on the Published routes in Louth at mid – night and will be prepared for snow with ploughs attached. Give way to gritting vehicles and only drive if your journey is absolutely necessary. #louthops @LMFMRADIO @RSAIreland @thefaaside @TOTTDundalk pic.twitter.com/wjotyfOMRS
— Louth County Council (@louthcoco) December 9, 2017