The Andalusian Government presents the Winter Road Safety Plan in the municipality of Chirivel

The operation is made up of 79 workers, 380 tonnes of salt, 34 machines and vehicles, including 8 snow ploughs.

The delegate of the Government of Andalusia in Almeria, Aránzazu Martín, the territorial delegate for Development, Territorial Development and Housing, Dolores Martínez, the mayors of Chirivel, José Torregrosa, of Vélez Rubio, Miguel Martínez-Carlón, of Vélez Blanco, Ana López, of María, José Antonio García and of Oria, Marcos Reche, together with road service workers, have presented the road plan in the municipality of Chirivel, of Vélez Blanco, Ana María López, of María, José Antonio García and of Oria, Marcos Reche, together with road service workers from the Regional Ministry have presented the Winter Road Safety Plan designed for the period 2023-2024 in the municipality of Chirivel.

Aránzazu Martín explained that “the province of Almería is prepared for the first snowfall thanks to this plan, designed to guarantee road safety on more than 300 kilometres (of the 868 km total) of roads belonging to the highest altitude regional network at risk of snow and frost in the province”.

Martin recalled that “the action protocol is carried out from the various conservation centres available to the Road Service of the Regional Ministry of Development, Territorial Planning and Housing of the Territorial Delegation of Almeria, and in conjunction with the Civil Guard Traffic and the 112 Emergency Service to restore normality to the regional road network as soon as possible and with the minimum number of incidents on them”.

For her part, the territorial delegate for Public Works, Dolores Martínez, specified that “the work to be carried out as part of this plan will have the aim of resolving incidents on the roads under the responsibility of this Regional Ministry as quickly as possible and with the material and human resources necessary to safeguard the roads and their users”.

Martínez Utrera detailed the available resources that can be deployed in the event of adverse weather conditions. “It is a system made up of 79 professionals, which could be increased to 86 if necessary. In addition to a total stockpile of 380 tonnes of salt, 34 machines and vehicles, including 8 snow ploughs, 6 of which belong to the Conservaciones Integrales and 2 to the own resources available to the Territorial Delegation of the Regional Ministry of Development, Territorial Planning and Housing in Almeria”.

The Plan contemplates the prioritisation of high capacity roads such as the A-92N or the A-92, as well as the A-334 road, due to its importance from the point of view of connectivity to ensure its full operability for basic and emergency services.

There are also areas for light vehicles and lorries around the A-92N in case it is necessary to restrict the circulation of heavy vehicles if it snows intensely, such as the rest area of “Las Nogueras” or “Las Vicarías”.

The campaigns launched by the Junta de Andalucía for this purpose usually run from 1 November to 31 March each year, although this period may be extended to October and April if cold waves or fronts are brought forward or delayed.

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