The author examines the consequences of the severe winter 1981/82, illustrating the article with photographic evidence of frost damage to road markings, surface dressings, masonry and subgrade and the obscuring of traffic signs by salting spray. Traditional types of damage associated with low temperatures are the failure of impervious surfaces or the failure to control subsoil drainage. A greater investment in structural maintenance throughout normal weather conditions could considerably reduce winter damage; the most vulnerable areas are often the imperfect reinstatements carried out by public utilities. Continuous applications of salt and the process of snow ploughing also produce faults and it is suspected that the aftermath of damage, basic or superficial, has been underestimated in recent years. In order to claim extra revenue for repairs, a task that cannot be carried out accurately, frost damage must be separated from normal deterioration - experience shows that inadequate sums have been paid. (TRRL)

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    Kinslea Press Limited

    Central Buildings, 24 Southwark Street, London Bridge
    London,   England 
  • Authors:
    • McAlonan, W S
  • Publication Date: 1982-4

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 77-80
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 109
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Thomas Telford Limited
    • ISSN: 0263-788X

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00387233
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1984 12:00AM