Developing a "Top Ten List" for Winter Highway Maintenance

The winter maintenance community has used many methods in the past decade to determine research needs, including peer exchange meetings, an email list serve, and an NCHRP 20-7 project that identified Grand Challenges. This is in addition to annual, biannual, and quadrennial scientific meetings at which new research results are presented and discussed. However, at the most recent peer exchange meeting, held in September 2013, the question was raised as to whether there might be research issues that had not been discussed, as well as how such issues might be identified and how those who had not been involved in the research needs discussion might be included. A two part approach was taken to address this potential shortcoming in the winter maintenance research needs identification process. First, the list serve was used to poll ideas for a top ten list of research needs. The same message used for the list serve was also sent to others in the International winter maintenance community, including members of the PIARC (Permanent International Association of Road Congresses) 2.4 working group. This generated a list of 181 ideas which were reviewed by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Winter Maintenance Technical Services Program (WMTSP) Steering Committee. Committee members selected their top choices, and in addition, 74 of the ideas were used in an online survey to gather input from a broader audience. The online survey generated a top ten list of 11 ideas (two of them got identical scores) which are presented herein.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee AHD65 Winter Maintenance. Alternate title: Developing Top-Ten List for Winter Highway Maintenance
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  • Authors:
    • Nixon, Wilfrid A
    • Nelson, Richard
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  • Date: 2015


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 94th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers

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  • Accession Number: 01551496
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 15-1199
  • Files: PRP, TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 30 2014 12:28PM