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Hot weather brings out road gritters as council looks to protect Norfolk roads from 'bleeding'

PUBLISHED: 08:24 29 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:36 29 June 2018

One of the Norfolk County Highways gritter lorries at the salt dome at the depot at Ketteringham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

One of the Norfolk County Highways gritter lorries at the salt dome at the depot at Ketteringham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The sight of gritters on the roads is something much more associated with icy winters than the middle of the summer.

However, in some parts of Norfolk, they have been earning their salt during the summer months as well, as the county council looks to protect the roads from high temperatures and prevent surfaces from melting.

A spokesman from Norfolk County Council said they had been required to “dust small patches” of roads in the west of the county.

They said: “Despite the high daytime temperatures we haven’t had many problems reported to us this week.

“Problems are more likely to occur on freshly-laid material, but our contractor and their team monitors these sites and reacts when necessary.

“Generally, we tend to get ‘bleeding roads’ when daytime and night time temperatures are both high over several days so the road doesn’t cool down before being heated again by the sun on the next day.

“This week, overnight temperatures have been cooler, combined with mist and fog in many areas.”

The spokesman added that the council monitors temperatures on a daily basis and are ready to act as necessary to any heat related issues on the county’s road network.

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