More than 470 troops will ensure the good condition of Andalusian roads in the face of snowfall.

More than 470 troops will ensure the good condition of Andalusian roads in the face of snowfall
Councillor Marifrán Carazo presents the Winter Road Safety Plan, which covers 2,220 kilometres of roads in five provinces.

More than 470 troops and 160 vehicles make up the team deployed by the Junta de Andalucía to ensure the good condition of the roads and to deal with snow and frost in Andalusia. The Regional Minister for Development, Territorial Planning and Housing, Marifrán Carazo, presented today in Granada the Winter Road Safety Plan for the regional road network, which has been active since November and will be extended until the end of March, with special attention to roads in five provinces at risk of snow: Almería, Córdoba, Granada, Jaén and Málaga.

The Regional Minister made this presentation at the Road Maintenance Centre in Guadix, in the province of Granada, together with the maintenance teams from the areas most at risk of inclement weather. “You are the guardians of our roads and our safety, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” said the minister in her speech.

Marifrán Carazo pointed out that this daily effort must be accompanied by investment. For this reason, she highlighted that investment in road maintenance and safety “has returned to the levels of before the economic crisis in 2008, with more than 200 million euros allocated to road maintenance and safety”. “We have increased year after year the allocations to our roads, because we know that with them we not only save lives, but we also help to improve the economy of our land”.

The minister, accompanied by the general director of Road Infrastructures, Enrique Catalina; and the territorial delegates of Public Works in Granada, Antonio Ayllón, and Jaén, Miguel Contreras, stressed that the Andalusian government has always been concerned about these moments, in which “we must be more vigilant than ever about the state of the road network and be prepared for any incident” in the 2,200 kilometres affected by high altitudes.

To this end, 471 troops, including conservation centres and territorial directorates, will be equipped with 44 snow ploughs, 18 backhoes, 75 vehicles (including SUVs, vans and vans), nine lorries and five tractors. Melting material has also been stockpiled: 6,150 tonnes of sodium chloride (salt).

Granada

The distribution of troops and vehicles has been carried out in accordance with the characteristics of each province. Most of the troops are operating in the province of Granada, with 668 kilometres of roads at an altitude of over 1,000 metres and therefore susceptible to snowfall not only in Granada and its metropolitan area, but also in towns such as Guadix, Baza, Cúllar, Huéscar and Alhama de Granada. In addition, it has points of greater attention: 66 kilometres above 1,500 metres, with special emphasis on the Puerto de la Mora and the Puerto de La Ragua, as well as the accesses to the Sierra Nevada resort … .

The winter maintenance plan can mobilise, in the event of widespread snowfall, 160 people, around 60 vehicles, including 23 snow ploughs – 20 pushing and three dynamic; an all-terrain vehicle with snow plough and flux spreader; 13 mixed shovels and more than twenty light vehicles. In addition, there are 19 salt deposits with a capacity of 3,805 tonnes, which can be increased, if necessary, with the supply from the salt mines of La Malahá.

Jaén

The roads that pass through the Sierra del Segura, with stretches of up to 1,500 metres in altitude, will be the most closely monitored by the team deployed in Jaén, which has 107 professionals and 40 vehicles that could be extended in the event of an emergency. These include nine snowploughs, eight retromixes with snow ploughs and nine lorries and tractors with de-icing equipment.

This deployment will deal with possible incidents occurring on the 683 kilometres of roads in Jaén, 43 percent of the total provincial road network. To deal with snow and frost, de-icing material has been stockpiled and 540 tonnes of salt are already available for the start of the winter season.

Almeria

The team planned for the province of Almería is made up of 79 professionals and 31 machines or vehicles, including six snow ploughs distributed in the conservation centres. In addition, there are two snowploughs for support in case of need. It also has 878 tonnes of salt stored in three silo conservation centres. The work will focus mainly on 307 kilometres of road network with higher altitudes, with priority for sections of the A-92 and A-92N dual carriageways, but also other roads with less traffic such as the A-317, from Vélez Rubio to the province of Granada or the area of Puerto de la Virgen (A-1100) or Lubrín (A-1101).

Malaga

In Malaga, the Winter Road Safety Plan will focus mainly on 344 kilometres of roads in the regions of Antequera and Axarquia, as well as in the Sierra de las Nieves in Ronda. To this end, 25 vehicles – four snow ploughs, three lorries, three backhoe loaders and 15 vans or vehicles – and 75 workers will be distributed among the province’s four maintenance centres, where 350 tonnes of salt and 180,000 litres of brine will be stockpiled.

Cordoba

Up to 217 kilometres will be monitored this year due to the risk of snowfall in the province of Cordoba, especially in the Hornachuelos Natural Park, in the Sierras Subbéticas de Córdoba and in the eastern area. For this operation, 50 workers and a dozen vehicles will be mobilised, including two snow ploughs. In addition, more than 50 tonnes of salt will be available at the maintenance centres.

The winter maintenance plan is based on three aspects: the exhaustive control of meteorological information, through the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet); the application of preventive treatments and the development of rapid action and, finally, information for users. On this last point, there is a public information service through the telephone numbers of each conservation centre and the 902333092 line, which is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Winter Roads Plan is part of the Emergency Plan for Flood and Snowfall Risks, in which the state, regional and provincial administrations are integrated. This campaign activates personnel belonging to the different road maintenance services, as well as Infoca personnel, and members of Civil Protection, 112, Guardia Civil, National and Regional Police and Traffic Headquarters, among others.

 

 

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