Corrosion instrument with prepared test solution that determines the Percent Corrosion Effectiveness of deicers by dipping coupons in and out for three days.

Updated Guidance for Qualified Products List (QPL)

Clear Roads has updated the guidance document that outlines how deicing products are evaluated for inclusion on the Clear Roads Qualified Products List (QPL). The revised guidance defines the product submittal process, outlines product specifications and testing protocols, and provides suggested language that agencies can use in their purchasing documents for winter materials. Clear Roads […]

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New RFP: Proposals Due October 28

Clear Roads is currently soliciting investigator proposals for a new research project: Evaluation of Indoor Automated Stockpile Measurement Systems Please see the Clear Roads RFP page for more information. The deadline to submit proposals is Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

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Winter Maintenance News: Peer Exchange Postponed

The National Winter Maintenance Peer Exchange originally scheduled for September 2020 has been postponed until the fall of 2021. More details will be available soon from the event organizers. Sponsored by TRB, Aurora, Clear Roads and the Snow and Ice Pooled Fund Cooperative Program (SICOP), the peer exchange provides an opportunity for practitioners across the […]

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New RFPs: Proposals Due Sept. 14

Clear Roads is currently soliciting investigator proposals for five new research projects: Entry-Level Driver Training (CDL) for Maintenance Equipment Operators Understanding the NaCl Phase Diagram Expanded Use of AVL/GPS Technology Using GIS to Highlight Highway Segments Sensitive to Deicing Materials Salt Shed Design Template Please see the RFP page for more information. For all projects, […]

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Winter Maintenance Research Roundup

Check out these recent reports and in-progress projects from agencies around the country: Weather Event Reconstruction and Analysis Tool, Clear Roads Project 16-05, January 2020: A web-based tool that gathers online weather data from multiple sources into a single comprehensive report for a specific location and time. Final report and research brief. Correlation Analysis of […]

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Clear Roads Selects 2020 Research Projects

The Clear Roads Technical Advisory Committee met April 21-22 to select research projects for 2020 funding. The TAC selected six new projects and one continuation project: Entry-Level Commercial Driver Training Understanding the NaCl Phase Diagram Indoor Automated Stockpile Measurement Expanded Use of AVL/GPS Technology Using GIS to Highlight Highway Segments Sensitive to Deicing Materials Salt […]

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Winter Maintenance Research Roundup

Here’s a look at some recent research reports and ongoing projects from agencies around the country: Research in Progress: Road Salt Impact Assessment, Maine DOT. Project description. Research in Progress: Promoting the Adoption of Snow Fences Through Landowner Engagement, Minnesota DOT. Project description. Expanding Landowner Adoption of Snow Control Measures Through a Better Understanding of […]

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Research Roundup – Winter Maintenance at the TRB Annual Meeting

Clear Roads has published our annual compilation of winter maintenance research that was presented at the 2020 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. The 2020 compilation includes 21 papers and posters, with links to abstracts and presentation materials. Presentations covered a wide range of winter maintenance topics, including materials, equipment, technology and performance management. Report.

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National Survey Compiles Five Years of Winter Maintenance Data

Clear Roads has published its fifth Annual Survey of State Winter Maintenance Data, which compiles data on winter resources, materials and costs from 36 states for the 2018-2019 winter season. The spreadsheet-based tool includes a United States map that displays many of these metrics. The tool includes five years of data, and displays averages and […]

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MnDOT Shares Training Resources on Sustainable Salt Use

It’s a challenge every agency faces: making winter roadways safe for drivers while minimizing the environmental impact of salt use. To help its districts meet both goals, Minnesota DOT has developed a best practices guide and a compilation of training resources for operators and supervisors. MnDOT’s Salt Sustainability resources address: Equipment training, including training videos […]

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