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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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New Clear Roads Research: Advanced Technologies for Winter Operations

Advanced technologies like mobile sensor systems, video analytics and enhanced maintenance decision support systems (MDSS) have the potential to help transportation agencies advance the state of winter maintenance operations. A recent Clear Roads research project developed a guide to implementing eight emerging and recently developed winter maintenance technologies. By understanding the options and their benefits, […]

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New Podcast Episodes from SICOP Talks Winter Ops

Check out these two new episodes from AASHTO’s SICOP Talks Winter Ops podcast: Public Affairs, a Key Ingredient for Successful Winter Operations (Episode 47): A conversation with Anne Meyer of Minnesota DOT about the role public affairs professionals play in getting the winter operations message out to the driving public. May 2021. Podcast. Ways to […]

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Clear Roads Selects 2021 Research Projects

The Clear Roads Technical Advisory Committee met April 13-15 to select research projects for 2021 funding. The TAC selected seven new projects: Grip Sensor Technology and Salt Applications Best Practices for Protecting DOT Equipment from the Corrosive Effects of Chemical Deicers (Update to CR 13-04) Efficacy and Environmental Impact of Non-Chloride Deicers Training Module Development […]

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New Clear Roads Research: Tools and Strategies for Developing Severity Indexes

Many agencies use storm severity indexes and winter severity indexes to make comparisons between storms and across multiple winter seasons. But developing an effective severity index can be challenging due to the multitude of variables involved and the availability and quality of data.  To help agencies find the right fit, a recent Clear Roads research […]

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Illinois Examines Snow Fence Design, Cost-Effectiveness

By preventing blowing snow from reaching the roadway, snow fences have proven to be an important tool for many state DOTs. In Illinois, two recent studies are helping IDOT refine its approach to snow fence design and better assess the fences’ cost-effectiveness. A new benefit-cost analysis tool will help IDOT select locations for three fence […]

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New Clear Roads Research: Standard Specifications for Carbide Plow Blades

A recent Clear Roads research project developed standard procurement specifications for carbide-insert plow blades that any agency can download and use. Designed to help agencies acquire high-quality, long-lasting blades that consistently perform well on the road, the specifications also provide thorough guidance for independent lab testing and inspection of carbide inserts. Download the specifications and […]

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