SNOW AND ICE ROADS: ABILITY TO SUPPORT TRAFFIC AND EFFECTS ON VEGETATION

A study was made of the effects of construction, and use by wheeled vehicles, of snow and ice roads at a test site near Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, Canada. Peat was compressed as a result of these operations. The proportion of the test roads covered by live plants was about 12% in the 1st summer after construction and increased to about 35% in the 2nd summer. Land cleared of vegetation by hand was less disturbed than that cleared by machine, but machine clearing is tolerable if there is to be further disturbance. Ice-capped snow roads and ice roads, properly constructed and maintained, were capable of withstanding the traffic and loads to be expected during possible pipeline construction along the Mackenzie River Valley. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Arctic Institute of North America

    University Library Tower, 2920 24th Avenue, NW
    Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Adam, K M
    • Hernandez, H
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 13-27
  • Serial:
    • Arctic
    • Volume: 30
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Arctic Institute of North America

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319411
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM