Clear Roads is a national research consortium focused on rigorous testing of winter maintenance materials, equipment and methods for use by highway maintenance crews.
Since getting under way in 2004, Clear Roads has grown to include 34 member agencies, each contributing $25,000 annually to fund research and technology transfer efforts. Representatives from the participating departments of transportation meet twice a year to discuss and prioritize projects, share effective practices, and review research results.
- Evaluating winter maintenance materials, equipment and methods under real-world conditions.
- Developing specifications and recommendations.
- Studying and promoting innovative techniques and technologies that will save agencies money, improve safety and increase efficiency.
- Supporting technology transfer by developing practical field guides and training curriculum to promote the results of research projects.