This article reports on lessons learned from the winter of 2005 by Canadian and U.S. snow removal agencies and highlights of best practices recognized by the Federal Highway Administration. Aurora, Colorado uses an integrated display, messaging and communications device that lets operators text message each other and sends operational data to a central computer every 20 second. Control room managers can tell which routes have been plowed, whether the blade is up or down and other details. Charlotte, North Carolina uses its computerized traffic control system to re-time traffic lights during winter storms so that speeds are reduced five to 10 miles per hour. New York City has a fixed de-icing system for the Brooklyn Bridge which uses an automated system of barrier-mounted spray nozzles. They are monitored on closed-circuit TV. A combination of the City of Detroit and nearby counties created a joint winter maintenance plan that uses central computers, GPS sensors and other devices to coordinate snow and ice removal on a network of 15,000 street miles.

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    • Page range: pp 28-30, 32
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    James Informational Media, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Stidger, R W
  • Publication Date: 2005-4


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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 4 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00989424
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 3 2005 12:00AM