This article surveys different state departments of transportation for winter maintenance technologies. Focus is on the software capabilities of the Federal Highway Administrations Maintenance Decision Support System (MDSS). The MDSS uses state-of-the-art weather forecasting, data fusion, and optimization techniques and integrates them with computerized winter road maintenance rules of practice. MDSS ultimately provides agencies with a specific forecast of road surface conditions and treatment recommendations customized for snow plow routes, such as whether to plow or use chemicals or abrasives, and when to apply treatments. The article includes descriptions of MDSS field demonstrations in Iowa, Michigan, and Canada. describes MDSS subsystem support from the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmosphere administration Forecast systems laboratory are detailed and MDSS system capabilities listed. Demonstrations of MDSS in the field in Iowa, Michigan and Canada are chronicled. A brief discussion of some the newest winter maintenance technologies is included such as pre-wetted salt, infrared thermometers, high speed spreaders, rubber snowplow blades, automatic vehicle location (AVL) systems using Global Positioning System (GPS), advanced road weather information systems (RWIS), and automatic bridge de-icing systems

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    • Page range: pp 20-22, 24
  • Authors:
    • Stidger, R W
  • Publication Date: 2005-6


  • English

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 4 p.
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  • Accession Number: 01001807
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2005 12:00AM