Winter Gritting

Winter Gritting

Winter gritting routes and information

Priority 1: Red
Priority 2: Yellow
Priority 3: Green

Service Limitations

Despite the resources that are applied to providing the winter service, ice-free roads cannot be guaranteed.  The motorist should remember the following:

  • Approximately 90% of roads are NOT routinely salted.
  • In Ireland there are a high proportion of marginal nights when temperatures are very close to zero.  This makes it more difficult to accurately predict frost than in colder countries. As a consequence Met Éireann can only guarantee 80% accuracy in their forecasts. 
  • It can take up to 3 hours to salt a route, so any journey may start or end on an untreated section of the route. 
  • In heavy rain, salt can be washed away and the wet surface may subsequently freeze if the temperature falls below zero. 
  • In cases of extended severe weather events, the network salted may have to be reduced to Priority 1 routes.

Winter Maintenance Schedule 

Meath County Council provides the following winter service: 

  • 24/7 monitoring of road conditions from the middle of October until the end of April, using detailed predictions provided by Met Eireann, roadside weather stations, and ice prediction software.
  • A fleet of 10 dedicated spreaders is used to spread salt on a strategic network of over 580 kilometers of Priority 1 and 2 roads whenever road frosts are forecast.  This network is detailed in the map above. 
  • 10 lorry-mounted snow ploughs for use during significant snow/sleet conditions. 

Priority 1 Routes

Priority 1 routes refers to all National Primary and National Secondary routes within Meath. These route are treated during all weather events.

Mobilisation time: 1 hour
Treatment time: 2 hours

Priority 2 Routes

This refers to 80% of all regional roads (as shown in the gritting map). These are treated as part of the normal winter service but may have interruptions to treatment in certain severe weather events.

Mobilisation time: 1 hour
Treatment time: 2 hours

Priority 3 Routes

This refers to:

  • Any additional Routes as deemed required throughout the Winter Maintenance Season
  • Kilmessan (Bus Route) from junction (R161 & L-40102) through Kilmessan, Dunsany and onto Dunshaughlin (Junction L-2208-0 & R125-95)
  • Ross Cross Junction (R147-21 & L-1005-1) to the N2 junction with L-1002-21
  • Milbrook (Roads: L28105 & L-2800)
  • Plattin Road to Mornington via Colpe cross (Roads: L-16111-15, L-16111-0, L-1611-0 & R108-0 into Drogheda)

These routes are not treated as part of the normal winter service but may receive intermittent treatment during certain severe weather events.

Mobilisation time: when possible
Treatment time: when possible

Funding

Gritting of the following motorways that run through Meath is taken care of by private entities:

  • M1 (Dublin-Belfast)
  • M2 (Ashbourne Bypass)
  • M3 (Clonee-Kells)
  • M4 (Dublin-Sligo/Galway)

Funding for the salting of the National Road network is provided to us by Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

We make limited resources available from our own maintenance funds for the salting of approximately half of the regional routes.  In exceptional circumstances other stretches may be salted when assessed on a case by case basis.  Our resources are fully utilised and there are no plans to increase resources at present.