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Get the latest news and updates from Clear Roads, including links to recent research, state DOT practices, training opportunities and events in the winter maintenance world. Visit our Latest News page or subscribe to our email list.

Clear Roads TAC Meeting
The Clear Roads Technical Advisory Committee held its fall meeting via videoconference Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Minutes will be posted on the Meetings page.

Clear Roads Training Materials Featured in APWA Reporter
Clear Roads training materials were featured in the October 2019 issue of APWA Reporter magazine. The article highlights Clear Roads’ video training on plowing intersections and interchanges, video training on using liquids for anti-icing and deicing, and instructor-led training modules for snowplow operators and supervisors.

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.

Recent Research Results

Alternative Methods for Deicing
Researchers created a compendium of alternative deicing methods and technologies, ranging from low-investment process changes to larger mechanical improvements.

Project details and final report
Two-page brief

Safe and Defensive Driving Training for Snowplow Operators
This project added two new modules to Clear Roads’ training materials for snowplow operators: defensive driving and safe driving. These customizable classes will help operators anticipate and prevent situations that lead to snowplow crashes.

Project details and final report
Two-page brief

Test Bed Software for Plug-and-Play Technology
Researchers created a web portal that lets vendors test spreader controllers and AVL equipment for compatibility with the Clear Roads Communications Protocol—a key step toward plug-and-play device compatibility.

Project details and portal link
Two-page brief

Synthesis Report: Mechanic/Operator Equipment Training 
This synthesis report identified the training materials that state DOTs and others have developed on topics including pre- and post-trip inspections and diagnosing and correcting equipment problems.

Synthesis report

Weather Event Reconstruction and Analysis Tool
To help transportation agencies conduct post-storm analyses, researchers developed a web-based tool that gathers online weather data from multiple sources into a single comprehensive report for a specific location and time.

Project details and final report
Two-page brief

New Resources

Training Materials for Plow Operators
Clear Roads continues to add to its comprehensive suite of training materials for snowplow operators and supervisors. Free for any agency to download, the materials include:

—Clear Roads’ flagship 22-module Snowplow Operator and Supervisor Training.

—New modules on defensive driving and safe driving for operators.

—Videos on clearing challenging interchanges.

—Videos on using liquid-only plow routes.

National Survey Compiles Fifth Year of Winter Maintenance Data
We’ve published our fifth Annual Survey of State Winter Maintenance Data, which compiles winter resources, material and cost data from 36 states for the 2018-2019 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, 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 surveys and displays averages and changes across winter periods.

Clear Roads Is Now Overseeing the Qualified Products List (QPL)
For many years, the Qualified Products List maintained by the Pacific Northwest Snowfighters association has helped agencies identify deicing chemicals and additives that meet established standards for corrosiveness and impact on the environment. As the QPL continues to grow, Clear Roads will be overseeing product testing and administration for the list, which is now called the Clear Roads QPL. See the QPL page and Letter to Vendors.

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 2018-2019 survey are now available.