News & Events

RFP Posted for New Research Project
Clear Roads is currently soliciting investigator proposals for a new research project: Standard Test Procedures for Ice Melting Capacity of Deicers. The deadline to submit proposals is April 2, 2019. See the RFP page for details.

November Newsletter
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.

Clear Roads TAC Meeting
The Clear Roads Technical Advisory Committee met September 10-12 in Des Moines, Iowa. Minutes are posted on the Meetings page.

Clear Roads Snowplow Training Featured in Roads & Bridges Magazine
Clear Roads’ modular, customizable training materials for snowplow operators and supervisors were featured in the February 2018 issue of Roads & Bridges magazine. See the article.

Clear Roads Salt Manual Featured in APWA Reporter Magazine
The best practices manual on salt procurement, storage and application developed through a recent Clear Roads project was featured in the October 2016 issue of APWA Reporter magazine. See the article.

Clear Roads Survey Results Featured in Roads & Bridges
The Clear Roads annual survey to collect state winter maintenance data and the first year of the survey results were featured in an article in the September 2016 issue of Roads & Bridges magazine. See the article.

Recent Research Results

Synthesis Reports
Clear Roads has published two new synthesis reports. Effective Snow and Ice Personnel and Equipment Management for Storm Activation explores how state DOTs determine when to activate and deactivate winter maintenance crews, and Accuracy of Deicer and Abrasive Material Application Equipment examines state DOTs’ practices for calibrating their deicer application equipment.

Synthesis reports

Utilization of AVL/GPS Technology: Case Studies
Researchers profiled six state DOTs that use AVL/GPS in winter maintenance fleets. These case studies provide guidance for successful implementation, and can serve as templates to help agencies get the best value out of different levels of AVL/GPS applications.

Project details and final report
Two-page brief

Training Videos on Liquid-Only Plow Routes
This project created two videos that explain the benefits of liquid-only plow routes, describe how and when to use them, and outline the steps to implement a program. The videos are designed to help state DOTs garner support for and accelerate the implementation of liquid-only plowing.

Project details and final report

Emergency Operations Methodology for Extreme Storms
Based on six case studies, researchers found that agencies with effective response plans for severe winter weather employ a transportation emergency management office, facilitate interagency cooperation, and embrace technologies for tracking and reallocating equipment.

Project details and final report
Two-page brief

Reducing Fatigue Among Snowplow Operators
Researchers sought to identify equipment-related factors that cause driver fatigue in snowplow operators. Recommended cost-effective solutions to help reduce driver fatigue included installing an audio player, dimmable interior lighting and snow deflectors.

Project details, final report and software tool
Two-page brief

 

New Resources

Winter Maintenance at TRB
We’ve published our annual compilation of papers on winter maintenance that were presented at the 2019 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. The 2019 compilation includes links to 25 papers grouped into six categories, covering a wide range of winter maintenance issues.

Snowplow Operator and Supervisor Training
This project developed a comprehensive snowplow operator and supervisor training program that provides flexibility for states to modify or update the content as needed. The 22-module program covers equipment, materials, techniques and procedures. Project details.

National Survey Compiles Third Year of Winter Maintenance Data
We’ve published our third Annual Survey of State Winter Maintenance Data, which compiles winter resources, material and cost data from 37 states for the 2016-2017 winter season. The spreadsheet includes all submitted data as well as calculated statistics and a United States map that displays many of these metrics. It also includes data from the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 survey and displays averages and changes across winter periods.

Product Experience Survey Results
Every year, Clear Roads members complete a survey on the results of winter maintenance materials and equipment testing that their agencies have conducted during the previous winter. The informal survey is not a scientific evaluation, but serves as a tool for states to share their experiences. Results of the 2017-2018 survey are now available.