When it comes to summer temperatures, very few people think of black ice. But the country has long been preparing for the next onset of winter.
Magdeburg (dpa/sa) - Summer is making people in Saxony-Anhalt sweat, but in some places preparations for winter have long been underway. Around 24,000 tons of salt are currently stored in the state's road maintenance depots, as a spokesman for the Ministry of Transport in Magdeburg told the German Press Agency. The warehouses were almost completely filled again in April and May due to the so-called early move-in. In this way, the workshops are ready for use right at the beginning of the next winter period.
The new tender for the coming season from the beginning of October is already running, it said. According to the ministry, another 25,000 tons of salt are to be purchased by the end of May. This should ensure the availability of de-icing salt in the winter half-year and beyond - like this year - the refilling of the salt halls in early spring.
The first deliveries are scheduled to take place after October 1st. Depending on when the currently full salt halls have to be refilled for the first time.
The state is responsible for winter service on federal and state roads. There are also the district roads in the districts of Mansfeld-Südharz, Jerichower Land and Wittenberg. The counties and municipalities are responsible for clearing most of the district and municipal roads themselves.