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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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Winter Maintenance Research Roundup

Here’s a look at some in-progress research projects from agencies around the country. Improve and Gain Efficiency in Winter Operations, Indiana DOT. Project description. Evaluation of Slurry Box, Underbody Scraper, and Two-Way Reversible Plow, Minnesota DOT. Project page. Weather-Responsive Management Strategies, Texas DOT. Project page. Reducing Uncertainties in Snow Fence Design: Development of Methods for […]

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Winter Maintenance Research Roundup

Check out these recent reports from agencies around the country: Update of the Class 8 Truck Study, Utah DOT, October 2019. Research report. Road Weather and Creative Safety Messaging on Dynamic Message Signs, Minnesota DOT, October 2019. Research report. Validation of the Mechanical Rocker Test Method for Ice Melting Capacity (MRT-IMC), Nebraska DOT, 2019. Research […]

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Call for Presentations: 2020 International Road Weather and Winter Maintenance Conference & Peer Exchange

Call for Presentations: Organizers of the 2020 International Road Weather and Winter Maintenance Conference & Peer Exchange are looking for practical and innovative presentations on best practices in road weather management and winter maintenance operations. Presentation abstracts are due March 2; the conference and peer exchange will be held September 21-23 in Atlanta. Details and […]

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Winter Maintenance Research Roundup

Check out these recent reports from agencies around the country: Synthesis of Safety Applications in Winter Weather Operations, Texas DOT, November 2019. Research report. Relationships Between Weather and Roadway Safety, Iowa DOT, September 2019. Research report. Modeling the Macroscopic Effects of Winter Maintenance Operations on Traffic Mobility on Washington Highways, Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility […]

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