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Winter operations

Every year, Autostrade per l'Italia and the Italian Traffic Police jointly draw up and implement a complex snow emergency management plan to ensure suitable road conditions on highway stretches as well as motorist safety. The aim is that of:

  • encoding the various snow emergency phases, indicating operational coordination and user information measures for each phase.
  • taking appropriate action, including the temporary restriction of heavy vehicles, to ensure the best possible conditions and winter service vehicle performance.

 

In its Snow Plan, Autostrade per l'Italia envisages the involvement and the activation of:

  • 9 radio rooms, a National Multimedia Centre and a National Traffic and Emergency Coordination Centre to monitor events and coordinate staff and winter service vehicles;
  • 168 snow depots for the service vehicles and/or chloride deposits;
  • 1024 snow ploughs;
  • 183 salt gritters;
  • 236 combination vehicles for spreading chlorides and clearing the snow;
  • 149 calcium chlorides sprinklers;
  • 156 mechanical shovels for loading the salt;
  • 185 vehicles for clearing or removing snow from service areas, parking lots and toll booth areas;
  • 26 Unimog vehicles equipped with ploughshares and rotors to remove snow build-ups in emergency lanes
  • 61 heavy rescue vehicles to assist vehicles with gross vehicle weight of more than 7.5;
  • 9 strategic sodium chloride deposits.

 

The Traffic Police also contributes to this with:

  • 10 operational highway centres;
  • 310 motor vehicles;
  • 280 patrols per day;
  • 1726 operators.

Autostrade per l'Italia and the Traffic Police keep the Prefecture and the competent local authorities continuously updated on all critical issues at every stage of the snow event. This allows the local authorities to take any necessary steps to restrict traffic throughout the area adjacent to the highway or to provide the necessary assistance in the event of blocked traffic.


Traffic and weather information

Information on weather and traffic conditions and, where applicable, and information on alternative routes, is passed on to motorists through the following channels:

  • "My Way" news broadcast on the Sky Meteo24 television channel
  • specific messages on variable message panels alerting motorists of road and weather conditions on the highway stretches affected by snow, of the steps taken by Autostrade per l'Italia and the Traffic Police to manage the snow event, and transmitting any type of information;
  • RTL 102.5 and Isoradio 103.3 radio stations;
  • Onda Verde news broadcast by CCISS Viaggiare Informati on Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 3;
  • Traffic Call Centre on 840.04.21.21;
  • CCISS Operations Centre on 1518;
  • www.autostrade.it and www.cciss.it websites

Winter Equipments (snow tyres or chains)
Legal requirements and no overtaking for trucks - Dates and Motorways

Autostrade per l'Italia asks motorists and road hauliers to ensure they are adequately equipped for the next winter season.

From November, motorists travelling on highway stretches at greater risk of snow or ice will be required to fit snow tyres or have snow chains on-board, in accordance with orders issued by Autostrade per l'Italia or by the authorities who own the highways (e.g. the State, regions, provinces or municipalities)

Motorists are alerted to the requirement to fit snow tyres or carry chains on-board by road signs that are placed along the highway stretches and entrance toll booths affected by the orders.

It should be borne in mind that suitable equipment translates as safety during bad weather, especially heavy snow.

Motorists not suitably equipped will incur financial penalties of between €80 and a maximum of €318 (art. 6, paragraph 14 of the Italian Highway Code).

 

A list of the highway stretches in which winter tyres or on-board chains are required between 15 November and 15 April¹, in accordance with orders issued by Autostrade per l'Italia, is set out below.
 

Motorway Stretch Dates
from Km to Km direction from to
A1 Milano - Napoli 49+500 119+500 both 15-nov 15-apr
A1 Milano-Napoli 119+500 210+100 both 15-nov 15-apr
A1 Milano-Napoli 210+100 358+600 both 01-nov 15-apr
A4 Milano - Brescia 172+500 217+700 both 15-nov 15-apr
A7 Genova-Serravalle 125+778 84+500 both 15-nov 15-apr
A8 Milano - Varese 12+000 42+600 north 15-nov 15-apr
A8 Milano - Varese 42+600 8+100 south 15-nov 15-apr
A9 Lainate - Como Chiasso 13+450 42+300 north 15-nov 15-apr
A9 Lainate - Como Chiasso 41+100 13+900 south 15-nov 15-apr
D08 Dir. Gallarate-Gattico 0+000 13+500 both 15-nov 15-apr
A13 Bologna-Padova entire stretch both 15-nov 15-apr
A14 Bologna-Taranto 0+000 144+247 both 15-nov 15-apr
Diramazione per Ravenna entire stretch both 15-nov 15-apr
Diramazione per Padova sud entire stretch both 15-nov 15-apr
Diramazione Ferrara sud 0+000 6+270 both 15-nov 15-apr
Raccordo di Casalecchio entire stretch both 15-nov 15-apr
Ramo d'adduzione Sasso Marconi entire stretch both 15-nov 15-apr
A14 Bologna-Taranto 144+200 505+000 both 15-nov 15-apr
A16 Napoli-Canosa 26+570 127+627 both 15-nov 15-apr
A23 Udine-Tarvisio 18+549 119+925 both 15-nov 15-apr
A26 Genova-Gravellona Toce 0+000 59+665 both 15-nov 15-apr
A26 Genova-Gravellona Toce 145+079 197+200 both 15-nov 15-apr
A26-8 Diram. Gallarate-Gattico 13+351 23+221 both 15-nov 15-apr
A26-7 Diram. Pedrosa-Bettole 0+000 17+030 both 15-nov 15-apr
A27 Venezia-Belluno 0+000 82+454 both 15-nov 15-apr

 

A list of the highway stretches in which vehicles with gross vehicle weight of more than 7.5 t are prohibited from overtaking, in accordance with orders issued by Autostrade per l'Italia, is set of below.
 

Motorway Stretch When
from Km to Km direction from to
A1 Milano - Napoli 210+100 418+000 both in case of snow
A1 Milano – Napoli 417+600 633+300 both in case of snow from 15 Nov to 15 Apr
D18 Diramazione Roma nord 0+000 23+100 both in case of snow from 15 Nov to 15 Apr
D19 Diramazione Roma sud 0+000 20+000 both in case of snow from 15 Nov to 15 Apr
A1 Milano - Napoli 633+300 734+000 both in case of snow from 15 Nov to 15 Apr
A7 Genova-Serravalle 125+778 84+500 both in case of snow
A11 Firenze - Pisa nord entire stretch both in case of snow
A13 Bologna-Padova 24+000 27+500 Padova 15-nov 15-apr
A13 Bologna-Padova 29+000 25+500 Bologna 15-nov 15-apr
A13 Bologna-Padova 69+500 73+000 Padova 15-nov 15-apr
A13 Bologna-Padova 74+500 71+050 Bologna 15-nov 15-apr
A13 Bologna-Padova 102+200 99+940 Bologna 15-nov 15-apr
A14 Bologna-Taranto 144+200 505+000 both in case of snow
A14 Bologna-Taranto 505+037 743+402 both in case of snow
A16 Napoli-Canosa 127+627 172+470 both in case of snow
D94 allacciamento Tang. Bari entire stretch both in case of snow
A16 Napoli-Canosa 26+000 127+600 both in case of snow from 15 Nov to 15 Apr
A26 Genova-Gravellona Toce 0+000 59+665 both in case of snow
A26-7 Diram. Pedrosa-Bettole 0+000 17+030 both in case of snow

 

New variable message panels

Specific messages are immediately and continuously transmitted on variable message panels to alert motorists, throughout their journey, as to weather and road conditions on highway stretches affected by snow.

 

High impact weather alert emitted

With road salting activities


Facilities and equipment ready to operate before snowfall has started

With road salting activities


No heavy or critical snow, with no effects on traffic

Snowing but not at critical levels, except for some stretches. Traffic increasing or tending to increase


Heavy snow with maximum snow management operations activated.
First vehicles blocking the road
First vehicles blocking the road because of skidding or loss of control.
Vehicles sideways across the road and possible delays in removing them.