It weighs 26 tons, holds thousands of liters of salt or brine and should quickly clear the carriageway of the A7 between Hamburg and Bordesholm in Germany: the winter-service vehicle of highway maintenance service. It is always in use, when there are difficult conditions on the roads: rain or shine, snow and flash freeze, drivers must have their car fully under control anytime. So the drivers completed a special driver training – end of September at 21 degrees.
Residents of Flintshire, in North Wales, can rest assured that their local authority, Flintshire County Council, is well prepared to deal with icy conditions on the roads this season.
Since end of March an Aebi VT450 Vario is in use in the city of Felsberg in the Canton Grisons in Switzerland. Following the motto “7 in one swoop” the conversion artist provides real value in summer and winter maintenance.
“Good luck” (the German miners’ greeting) echoes through the halls of the Schönfeld Road Maintenance Depot in the Ore Mountains early in the morning. The thermometer reads -21 °C as the first few sun rays appear above Saxony’s highest mountain, the Fichtelberg. About 30 staff members at the Schönfeld Road Maintenance Depot take care of the roads – in both summer and winter. As soon as the first snow falls, things get particularly turbulent for the road surveyors. Then it’s time to harness the ploughs and load de-icing salt.
Winter maintenance vehicles with Schmidt Stratos and ML51/CPS snow ploughs ensure safety on highways in State of Schleswig-Holstein
For a pilot study eight appropriately equipped vehicles with winter maintenance technology from Schmidt were purchased, these includes 5 Sprayer Straliq 12500 and 3 Straliq 7500.