News & Events
New Requests for Proposals
Clear Roads is soliciting proposals for three new research projects. The deadline to respond is October 16. See the details.
Comments Invited on Draft Plug-and-Play Protocol
Clear Roads has drafted a specification for a standard communications protocol that provide will plug-and-play connectivity for sensors and other electronic devices used on winter maintenance vehicles. All interested stakeholders in the winter maintenance community and related vendor organizations are invited to provide comments and feedback. More information on the project, the draft protocol and the comment process is available here. Comments must be provided by September 30, 2014.
In this quarterly e-newsletter, you’ll find summaries and links to the latest technical news and best practices from the U.S. and around the world, highlighting applications of winter maintenance research and technology and the latest transportation research by state DOTs, universities, TRB and FHWA. See the newsletter.
Recent Research Results
Environmental Factors Causing Fatigue
This project identified sources of fatigue in snowplow operators and developed realistic recommendations for reducing or eliminating fatigue.
Developing a Totally Automated Spreading System
Researchers developed a guide to help agencies assess the levels of spreader automation available and how best to implement the latest technology into DOT fleets.
Product Experience Survey Results
See the results from the 2013-2014 survey of state experience with selected winter maintenance products and equipment.
This web-based toolkit takes the guesswork out of evaluating winter maintenance investments by facilitating cost-benefit analysis for 21 different winter maintenance materials, equipment and methods. There are also training materials and a user’s manual to get you started.