Council prepared to spread sand as roads begin to melt in heat

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Lincolnshire County Council says it is prepared to spread sand on roads as temperatures continue to rise.

This comes after the council were called to Waterloo Lane in Skellingthorpe on July 3 to spread sand as the high temperatures lead the road surface to overheat.

There are currently three gritters on standby over the summer to deal with such incidents and according to Lincolnshire County Council this is standard practise.

The council is using sand that is left over from the winter so there have been no additional costs.

This sand is used to prevent vehicle tyres from sticking to the road surface.

Darrell Redford, Network Resilience Manager at Lincolnshire County Council, told CityX: “Yesterday, we had a gritter sand Waterloo Lane in Skellingthorpe as the high temperatures were starting to affect the road surface.

“This was an isolated incident, but we could see it happen elsewhere if temperatures continue to rise.

“Such isolated incidents are not unusual at this time of year.

“The cooler mornings over the last few days have taken the edge off, but we’ll continue to monitor the situation.”