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Clear Roads Research in the News

As temperatures drop, industry magazines are turning their focus to winter maintenance. Clear Roads research features prominently in two of them this fall: “Steering Clear of Crashes“: Clear Roads’ safe and defensive driving training materials are featured in the October issue of APWA Reporter. “Can You Hold the Salt?“: Clear Roads research on alternative methods […]

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New Clear Roads Research: Recruiting and Retaining Highway Maintenance Workers

Finding and keeping skilled, dedicated highway maintenance workers has become increasingly challenging for state and local transportation agencies. To help agencies navigate today’s employment landscape, a recently completed Clear Roads research project created a comprehensive guide of innovative, practical strategies for attracting and retaining new winter maintenance employees. Case studies cover recruitment programs, retention strategies, […]

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New Podcast Episodes from SICOP Talks Winter Ops

Check out the latest episodes from AASHTO’s SICOP Talks Winter Ops podcast: PIARC Winter Service Technical Committee: What’s in It for Me? (Episode 51): Steve Lund, Paul Pisano and host Rick Nelson—all members of the PIARC (World Road Association) Winter Service Technical Committee—talk about how the committee’s work benefits the U.S. winter maintenance community. September 2021. […]

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New Clear Roads RFP: Proposals Due Sept. 17

Clear Roads has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an additional research project in the 2021 funding cycle: Efficacy, Cost, and Impacts of Non-Chloride Deicers: An Educational Primer and Product Information Sheets—Proposals due September 17 As a reminder, Clear Roads is also soliciting investigator proposals for the following research projects: Grip Sensor Technology and […]

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New Clear Roads RFPs: Proposals due Sept. 3

Clear Roads is currently soliciting investigator proposals for six new research projects: Grip Sensor Technology and Salt Applications Best Practices for Protecting DOT Equipment from the Corrosion Effect of Chemical Deicers (Update to CR 13-04) Training Module Development for CR 18-03: Evaluation of SSI and WSI Variables Evaluation of Electric Vehicle Technologies and Alternative Fuels for […]

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New Clear Roads Research: Pre-wetting Methods and Procedures

Pre-wetting road salt helps keep the salt on the road’s surface, which makes winter maintenance more efficient and cost-effective. While pre-wetting practices are used by many agencies, they have not been extensively studied. A recent Clear Roads research project took stock of the current state of the practice for pre-wetting salt and other solid materials, […]

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South Dakota, Iowa and Michigan Recognized for High-Value Winter Research

South Dakota DOT’s implementation plan for its Maintenance Decision Support System (MDSS) and Iowa DOT’s study of corn-based deicers recently captured national attention as two of AASHTO’s Sweet Sixteen high-value research projects for 2021. The award recognizes the nation’s top high-value research projects as chosen by state DOT research directors in each of the four […]

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Online Associate’s Degree in Highway Maintenance Management

For maintenance professionals who are looking to expand their qualifications, this summer may be a good time to explore the online associate’s degree program in Highway Maintenance Management offered by Front Range Community College in Colorado. Unique in the nation, the online program is designed for current highway maintenance professionals who are interested in advancing […]

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Minnesota Crews Target Changes to Reduce Chlorides in Runoff

Road deicing is a major cause of chloride impairment in Minnesota’s urban waters. Aiming to reduce these impacts, Minnesota DOT researchers partnered with the City of Edina to test an adaptive management approach to deicing. Through adaptive management—repeatedly checking the effects of actions and making adjustments—the researchers found that most of the chloride movement in […]

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LED Plow Lights Show Benefits in New Hampshire

LED plow headlights have several potential advantages over traditional halogen bulbs, including longer life, reduced susceptibility to damaging vibrations, and improved visibility and reduced eye fatigue for operators. To compare the two bulb types, New Hampshire DOT tested LED lights on 17 plow trucks and surveyed operators about their experiences. Operators overwhelmingly preferred the LED […]

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