RESEARCH PAYS OFF--BLOWING SNOW--FENCING PARRIES WINTER'S THRUST

To cope with severe snowdrifts on I-80 between Laramie and Walcott Junction in southeastern Wyoming, snowfences were designed for the Wyoming Highway Department using new criteria developed by the U.S. Forest-Service. Innovations included the use of tall (3.8m) fences of a new design, and designing each fence system for a specific storage capacity based on upwind contributing distance (or "fetch"), mean winter precipation, and natural snow retention over the fetch distance. Documented benefits of the fence construction includes a reduction in snow-removal costs of more than a third and a 70 percent reduction in accidents during blowing snow conditions.

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 12-13
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 115
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00392182
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1985 12:00AM