On 01.11.2018 at 13:00, at the premises of the PE “Roads of Serbia” in Belgrade, press conference was held as well as the presentation of the Winter Maintenance Plan of State Roads, the system of informing the media and all interested parties regarding the road conditions during the winter period.
The Conference was attended by Zoran Drobnjak, acting director of the PE “Roads of Serbia” and Zoran Stojisavljević, executive director of the Sector for the Maintenance of I and II Category State Roads and the manager of the Winter Service Headquarters, representatives of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, representatives of the MoI – Traffic Police Department, Sector for Emergency Situations, Road Traffic Safety Agency, etc.
Winter Maintenance Plan was timely prepared for the purpose of successful implementation of all activities that will enable the passability of roads and traffic safety in winter conditions, as well as in all previous years.
Winter Maintenance Plan of the road network in the Republic of Serbia foresees special works, activities and measures necessary for providing passability and traffic safety on roads during the winter period.
Winter Maintenance Plan of I and II category state roads is valid for the period from 01.11.2018 to 01.04.2019.
Winter Maintenance Plan is a binding framework for the preparation of plans of all road maintenance companies.
25 specialized companies are maintaining the road network in the Republic of Serbia.
Media representatives and other present persons got acquainted with the manner of work and the overview of the organization of manpower, funds and machines engaged in this specific and highly important aspect of maintenance of the state roads in the Republic of Serbia.
Additionally, a very important system for informing about the road conditions was presented, both to the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, RS MoI – Sector for Emergency Situations and Traffic Police Department as well as to the public and all interested parties (see overview of the information flow).
OVERVIEW OF THE INFORMATION FLOW
Maintenance of I and II category state roads in the winter period is the main priority of the PE “Roads of Serbia” which is performed from road yards and points, namely 169 of them.
Machines are present in maintenance yards on motorways 24/7, while on other roads they are present for 16 or 8 hours, occasionally longer.
Maintenance is performed pursuant to priorities and categories as follows:
- First priority / category A – Pavement is cleared and spilt with pure salt and must be cleared within 4 hours after the end of the precipitation, i.e. weather event
- Second priority / category B - Pavement is cleared and spilt with the mix of salt and grit in the ratio 1:4 and must be cleared within 6 hours after the end of the precipitation, i.e. weather event
- Third priority / category C - Pavement is cleared and spilt with the mix of salt and grit in the ratio 1:4 and must be cleared within 8 hours after the end of the precipitation, i.e. weather event
Pursuant to the Winter Service Plan for 2018/19 the following is available:
734 road vehicles and trucks, 335 machines, 911 operatives – road workers, 188 technicians, 334 machine operators and 736 drivers, in one shift.
Machines can be engaged to a higher extent in cases of natural disasters and the level of their strength.
Salt with reserves is provided in the total amount of 71,829.82 tons, while asphalt mass for the remedy of potholes is 1585 tons.
Special attention is paid to the following locations during the organization of maintenance of I and II category state roads in winter conditions:
a) “Gazela” Bride, crest Bubanj Potok, Begaljičko Brdo and crest “Mečka” on the motorway;
b) crest Čestobrodica on the road Paraćin - Zaječar (600 m above sea level);
v) crest Rušanj and Rudnik on the road Ibarski put;
g) crest Zlatibor, (1000 m.n.v.);
d) crest Popadija (Majdanpek - Negotin);
đ) crest Tresibaba (Knjaževac - Niš);
e) crest Svetinja (Topola - Kragujevac);
ž) crests on Fruška Gora (Iriški Venac, Banstol),
z) wider areas of Tara, Crna Trava and Sjenica,
i) Beška bridge on the road Belgrade - Novi Sad,
j) crest Jaram on the road Brzeće - Kopaonik,
k) bridge over the river Sava, Dobanovci – Ostružnica Bypass
l) zone of the bridge Prijevorac oon the reconstructed section IB23, between Borova Glava and Kokin Brod.
lj) Belgrade Bypass from Sector-3 (river Sava) to the end of Sector-5 (Straževica) and RING ROAD,
m) new bridge “Batajnica” with ramps, in Batajnica interchange.
PE “Roads of Serbia” cooperates with the MoI - Traffic Police Department, Sector for Emergency Situations and informs them on regular basis about the situation on roads, accepts suggestions and together, in the manner of fellowship and professionalism, makes decisions regarding traffic bans on critical sections.
PE “Roads of Serbia” once again appeals to all road users and participants in traffic to obey the rules and ingress the traffic with winter equipment, especially on the critical sections, to obey the speed limits, to increase awareness regarding others on the road and show necessary solidarity on the road.
We would like to mention that Winter Service Plan 2018/19 can be downloaded in .pdf form at the PE “Roads of Serbia” homepage (www.putevi-srbije.rs), that Brief and Detailed Winter Service Report which are updated on daily basis can also be found there as well as the Map of the situations on roads during the winter period also updated pursuant to each change as well as the Map of maintaining state roads pursuant to the priorities.
Video from the Winter Service 2018/19 presentation, statements from the press conference held on that occasion and video from the yard for motorway maintenance in Mali Požarevac can be downloaded at: