15-03: North American Study on Contracting Snow and Ice Response

Problem

Transportation agencies are faced with many challenges, including reduced funding, an aging and decreased fleet size, increased maintenance costs, staffing reductions, and pressure to outsource or contract traditional “in-house” functions. These challenges require agencies to continually investigate and evaluate the most effective practices for managing resources required for winter maintenance operations.

Objective

The objective of this project was to gain an understanding of the state of the practice in contracting for snow and ice control by state DOTs. Investigators documented the costs, benefits, practices and complexities associated with contracting to perform snow and ice control functions.

Results

The analysis conducted through this project provides states with the information needed to modify and improve their own snow and ice control contracting practices to save money and better manage resources.

The final webinar presentation was given on December 28, 2016.

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