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Gritting routes

The county council grits 1,869 miles of priority roads in Lincolnshire when road temperatures drop to around 1°C. This includes:

  • All A and B roads
  • At least one road from each of the county’s main villages to a major traffic route
  • At least one road within 500m of all train and bus stations, hospitals and schools, where possible
  • Additional roads depending on various risk factors, such as historic accident data


For the latest news on the council’s gritting operations, follow @LincsCC_roads on Twitter.

The Highways Agency is responsible for gritting all trunk roads in Lincolnshire, including on the A1, the A52 Grantham to Nottingham and the A46 west of Lincoln.

No other roads will be treated, except during severe snow or prolonged icy spells.

We do not routinely grit or salt footpaths. However, during severe weather, we work closely with local organisations to clear some steep and well-used pavements.

There is no law preventing people from clearing snow and ice from public spaces, when done carefully.

When we grit

From October to April, we work with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions around the clock and our 43 gritting crews are on call 24/7.

The decision to grit is based on forecasts for winter weather, road surface temperature, dampness of road surface, air temperature and humidity.

When we grit, we try to do so either before ice has set or once snow has settled so that it has the best chance of working. Be aware that high-purity white salt is not always visible on the road.

Why roads might still be icy

Even when we’ve gritted a road, it doesn’t mean it won’t be icy. This is because:

  • It takes time for the salt to take effect
  • High winds or sudden rain can take salt off the road
  • If the road surface temperature drops to below -7°C, gritting becomes much less effective
  • If the road surface temperature drops to below -15°C, gritting doesn’t work at all

Highway defects

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Constructing a dropped kerb

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Last updated: 8 November 2017

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