LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW! ELEVEN WAYS TO MAINTAIN WINTER ROADS

Winter road maintenance used to be a reactive process; that is, highway agencies cleaned up after the storm was over. The emphasis in winter road maintenance, however, is shifting toward prevention as new tools become available. Advanced technology and data from a 5-year program conducted by the Federal Highway Administration has the Nation more prepared to handle wintery roads. This article describes winter road maintenance strategies that can be categorized as chemical agents, field detection systems, and shared technologies. The 11 strategies include anti-icing, de-icing, prewetted salt, dry salt, ice melters, Roadway Weather Information System (RWIS), Computer Aided System for Planning Efficient Routes (CASPER), sensors, ice predicting systems, thermal mapping, and the International Scanning Program. One sidebar addresses winter bridge preparation and one sidebar describes loader versatility with job-matched attachments.

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    Intertec Publishing Corporation

    6151 Powers Ferry Road, NW
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30339-2941
  • Authors:
    • HUDSON, K
  • Publication Date: 1996-4

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  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 24
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00726981
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1996 12:00AM