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Winter Maintenance Research Roundup February 5, 2020

Here’s a look at some in-progress research projects from agencies around the country.

  • 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 Estimation of Snow Drifting and the Snow Relocation Coefficient, Iowa DOT. Project description.
  • Guidelines for Using Photogrammetric Tools on Unmanned Aircraft Systems to Support the Rapid Monitoring of Avalanche-Prone Roadside Environments, Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium. Project page.
Winter Maintenance Research Roundup January 10, 2020

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 report.

  • Brine Application Equipment and Methodology, Caltrans, January 2019. Research report.

In training news, if you missed the TRB webinar on NCHRP Research Report 889: Performance Measures in Snow and Ice Control Operations, the recording and presentation slides are now available. Webinar.

Call for Presentations: 2020 International Road Weather and Winter Maintenance Conference & Peer Exchange December 23, 2019

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 conference registration.

QPL Update: The Clear Roads Qualified Products List has resumed accepting product checklists and samples from vendors. For details on the submission process, visit the QPL page.

Back view of a plow with reflective markings and lights on a snowy road Winter Maintenance Research Roundup December 6, 2019

Check out these recent reports from agencies around the country:Back view of a plow with reflective markings and lights on a snowy road

  • 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 Solutions and Education, September 2019. Research report.

  • Cost-Effectiveness of Constructing Minimal Shelter to Store INDOT Equipment (Weather Protection), Indiana DOT, February 2019. Research report.

In training news, Iowa DOT recently posted an update to the agency’s popular Winter Operations Training video series. The new series includes 13 videos on topics such as plowing techniques, preseason preparation, and how deicing chemicals work.

Save the Date: 2020 Pacific Northwest Snowfighters Conference November 12, 2019

Save the date! The Pacific Northwest Snowfighters will hold their 2020 conference on June 2 and 3 in Portland, Oregon. For details on past conferences, see the PNS website.

Other upcoming events:

Hope to see you there!

Clear Roads Training Materials Featured in APWA Reporter October 24, 2019

As temperatures drop, industry magazines are turning their focus to winter maintenance. The October issue of APWA Reporter features an article on Clear Roads training materials:

For more winter maintenance news, check out Roads & Bridges’ annual Winter Maintenance issue. Article topics include mobile sensors, smarter salt spreaders, and corrosion mitigation.

Winter Maintenance Research Roundup October 7, 2019

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.
  • Bio-Based Renewable Additives for Anti-Icing Applications (Phase II), Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates, January 2019. Research report.
  • Evaluating Potential Effects of Deicing Salts on Roadside Carbon Sequestration, Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates, January 2019. Research report.
Important Update on Clear Roads QPL October 1, 2019

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 information with anyone who may need it. For more information about the Clear Roads QPL, please visit the QPL page.

News and Updates: September 2019 September 20, 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 Public Works Expo (proposals due October 14). More information.
  • The SICOP Talks Winter Ops podcast recently kicked off its third season. This week’s episode features Laura Fay, research scientist with the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University.
Group of people at a site tour wearing hard hats and reflective vests Save the Date: 2020 Winter Maintenance Peer Exchange September 16, 2019

Group of people at a facility tour wearing hard hats and reflective vests

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 event will be held the week of September 21, 2020, at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead.

For more details, see this announcement from the conference organizers. You can also view presentations and other materials from past peer exchanges on the SICOP website.