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Winter Maintenance Research Roundup

Check out these recent reports from agencies around the country: NCHRP Research Report 889: Performance Measures in Snow and Ice Control Operations, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, 2019. Research report. Snow and Ice Control Performance Measurement: Comparing “Grip,” Traffic Speed Distributions and Safety Outcomes During Winter Storms, Vermont Agency of Transportation, April 2019. Research report. […]

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Important Update on Clear Roads QPL

As we work to restructure the product submittal process for the Clear Roads Qualified Products List (QPL), we are requesting that no product checklists or samples be submitted until further notice. We hope to be able to start receiving products by October 14. Thanks for your patience as we make this transition. Please share this […]

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News and Updates: September 2019

Clear Roads members are heading to Burlington, Vermont, next week for the group’s fall meeting, where they will review investigator proposals for 2019 projects. Minutes will be posted on the Meetings page. In other news: Time is running out to submit presentation proposals for APWA’s 2020 North American Snow Conference (proposals due September 30) and […]

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Save the Date: 2020 Winter Maintenance Peer Exchange

In September 2020, the National Winter Maintenance Peer Exchange will merge with the quadrennial conference held by TRB’s Winter Maintenance and Surface Transportation Committees to become the 2020 International Road Weather and Winter Maintenance Conference and Peer Exchange. Sponsored by TRB, Aurora, Clear Roads and the Snow and Ice Pooled Fund Cooperative Program (SICOP), this […]

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New RFPs: Proposals due Sept. 6

Clear Roads is currently soliciting investigator proposals for five new research projects: Expanding Application Rate Guidance for Salt Brine Blends for Direct Liquid Application and Anti-Icing Measuring the Efficiencies of Tow Plows and Wing Plows Recruitment and Retention of Highway Maintenance Workers Synthesis of Technical Requirements and Considerations for an Automated Snowplow Route Optimization RFP […]

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Clear Roads Now Overseeing Qualified Products List (QPL)

For many years, the Qualified Products List (QPL) maintained by the Pacific Northwest Snowfighters association has served as a resource for agencies across the country, identifying 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 the product testing […]

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Clear Roads Selects 2019 Research Projects

The Clear Roads Technical Advisory Committee met April 16-18 in Indianapolis to select research projects for 2019 funding. The following projects were selected: Expanding Brine Recipes and Their Use Synthesis: Retention and Recruitment of Highway Maintenance Workers Comparison of Performance of Prewet Road Salt Distributed by Traditional Chain Conveyor Spreader vs. Auger-Driven Slurry Spreader Measuring […]

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National Survey Compiles Fourth Year of Winter Maintenance Data

Clear Roads has published its fourth Annual Survey of State Winter Maintenance Data, which compiles data on winter resources, materials and costs from 35 states for the 2017-2018 winter season. The spreadsheet-based tool includes a United States map that displays many of these metrics. The tool includes four years of data, and displays averages and […]

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Clear Roads Publishes Two New Synthesis Reports

Clear Roads has published two new synthesis reports. Effective Snow and Ice Personnel and Equipment Management for Storm Activation explores how state DOTs determine when to activate and deactivate winter maintenance crews, and Accuracy of Deicer and Abrasive Material Application Equipment examines state DOTs’ practices for calibrating their deicer application equipment.

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