News & Events

May 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.

TAC Meeting – March 2015
The  Clear Roads Technical Advisory Committee took place March 17-19 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The TAC discussed and prioritized new research and technology transfer projects for funding consideration in 2015. See the meeting minutes.

Clear Roads Featured in TR News
The January-February 2014 issue of TR News included an 8-page feature on Clear Roads and its research. The article discussed the impacts of completed and in-progress Clear Roads research, the value of interstate collaboration, and projects that Clear Roads is undertaking with other multi-state pooled funds. See the article.

Recent Research Results

Preventing Corrosion on DOT Equipment
This project created a best practices manual for managing corrosion on winter maintenance equipment. The manual is a comprehensive resource that outlines causes, prevention and treatment.

Project details, manual and final report
Two-page brief

Comparison of Material Distribution Systems
To help agencies compare and select spreader systems, researchers created a catalog of 85 systems and components, along with a report that captures practitioners’ experiences with spreader performance.

Project details, final report and spreader catalog
Two-page brief

Environmental Factors Causing Fatigue
This project identified sources of fatigue in snowplow operators and developed realistic recommendations for reducing or eliminating fatigue.

Project details and final report
Two-page brief

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.

Project details and Webinar of findings
Two-page brief

New Resources

Winter Maintenance at TRB
Clear Roads has released its annual overview of the winter maintenance papers presented at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. The review includes abstracts, author contact information, and links to each paper. Read more.

Webinar Intro to Clear Roads
In December 2014, Clear Roads representatives presented to the Caltrans Division of Equipment about Clear Roads’ structure, resources and research. The purpose was to highlight the pooled fund’s activities related to winter maintenance equipment. See the recorded webinar.

Product Experience Survey
The 2014-2015 Product Experience Survey is now available online. Agencies can submit feedback on selected winter maintenance products and equipment tested this winter. You can also review the results of product tests from previous winters.

Cost-Benefit Toolkit
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.

Project details and toolkit