- Road maintenance depot
A road maintenance depot is a
depotused by roadmaintenance agencies for storing works equipment and organising maintenance operations. Road maintenance depots can range in size from small sheds storing just a few pieces of equipment, to vast buildings housing computer and closed-circuit televisionsystems, allowing operators to monitor conditions across the road network.
Road maintenance depots carry gear for a number of tasks, including
road works, snow removal, planting of grass verges and central reservations and storm drainmaintenance. Most depots will have limited accommodation facilities for staff who are on-call, particularly during heavy winter storms, when travel between the worker's home and the depot may be restricted. Road maintenance depots also include garages and repair shops for the fleets of vehicles stored within, and large depots keep supplies of fuel and road saltfor drivers.cite book|title=Highway Maintenance Handbook|first=Ken|last=Atkinson|year=1997|publisher=Thomas Telford|isbn=0727725319]
Depots carry a wide range of vehicles to cover most eventualities, depending on the location of the depot; small urban depots carry
street sweepervehicles and small gully emptiers, while larger rural and motorway-based depots hold fleets of winter service vehicles and engineering vehicles, and often tow trucks and breakdown vehicles for rescuing broken down or stranded equipment. Other vehicles commonly kept at depots include lawnmowers, sprayers and road markers.
Along with garages, most depots also have either salt barns or brine tanks, to store de-icing agents for use in winter months, and
filling stations to refuel vehicles, especially those which use red dieselwhich is not available at public filling stations. Larger depots have vehicle washes and repair shops to maintain the fleet, and a cafeteriaand on-call roomfor workers.
Road maintenance depots in
Germanyare known as "Straßenmeisterei". Responsibility for operating the depot depends on the type of road covered by the catchment areaof the depot; those which cover the autobahnnetwork and major road are owned by the Federal Government, while those which cover more urban roads are operated by the local city administration. [cite web|url=http://www.landkreis-peine.de/index.phtml?NavID=1241.381.1&La=1|title=Straßenunterhaltung und Straßenmeisterei|language=German|accessdate=2007-07-23|publisher= Peinelocal government]
All public road maintenance depots in the
United Kingdomare owned by the Highways Agencyor its contractors, although the depot on the privately-owned M6 Tollis run by the operators of the road. [cite news|url=http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-2821029.html|title=Motorway Depot Bid Set To Go Ahead|publisher= Birmingham Evening Mail|date= 25 February 2002|accessdate=2007-07-23] Most are located along the edge of motorways, and are signposted "Works Exit" or "Works Access Only". These signs are also used to disguise sliproads leading to sensitive military institutions such as RAF Welfordand to dissuade members of the public from using emergency evacuationroutes and short cuts designed for emergency vehicles. [cite web|url=http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alan-turnbull/secret3.htm#welford|title=Secret Bases|publisher=Pagliacci Productions|accessdate=2007-07-23]
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