To cope with the snow and ice, interdepartmental management of West routes activated its winter maintenance plan. It covers 1520 km of national roads in Brittany and Pays de la Loire. The standby and intervention team works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until Monday 19th March 2018. 160 officers were mobilised.
The winter maintenance plan is activated to deal with the arrival of the ice and snow in Brittany and Pays de la Loire. The plan of the Interdepartmental Road Directorate (DIR) West covers 1520 km of national roads in Brittany and Pays de la Loire. Monitoring and Intervention working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
160 officers mobilised stand on alert. They have at their disposal 57 vehicles ready for salting and snow removal. They also have a live feed, with live information on traffic conditions on www.diro.fr and www.bison-fute.gouv.fr/routes-en-hiver.
7000 tons of salt in stock
The DIR West has 7 000 tonnes of salt stored in 27 maintenance and intervention centres located throughout the territory. In case of particularly difficult snow conditions, maintenance contracts allow to appeal to private companies to recirculate the roads quickly. The DIR West invites users to “observe the utmost respect for officers working because often impatient drivers occurs when the roads are snowy or taken by frost and everyone gets stuck behind a vehicle of intervention”. She recalled that “it is forbidden to overtake an action processing engine.”
Another recommendation to avoid surprises: check the weather forecast and get information on traffic conditions on main roads via Internet sites www.bison-fute.gouv.fr/routes-en-hiver orwww.diro.fr