ECONOMIC IMPACT OF HIGHWAY SNOW AND ICE CONTROL

An overview of a national study of highway snow and ice control that involved the Federal Highway Administration and eleven state highway agencies is presented. A method of establishing level of service of winter maintenance based on an economic analysis is discussed. A winer maintenance questionnaire was distributed to Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, and Utah to determine the public's attitude toward the maintenance effort being made in each state. The study also examined the user costs that occur during winter maintenance. Accident rates, user delay, traffic volumes, and vehicle speeds during snow and ice storms were evaluated. A telephone survey was made to businesses to determine losses caused by poor travelling conditions. Environmental damage to wells, plants, and lakes was investigated as well as deterioration of roadway, structures, and vehicles that can be associated with winter maintenance. The ESIC economic computer model developed through the study yields costs for maintenance and traffic and safety by storm and level of service, written warning of possible environmental damage, and annual costs for structural deterioration and vehicle corrosion. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 58-63
  • Monograph Title: Maintenance decision making and energy use, roadside and pavement management, and preferential bridge icing
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00193683
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 11 1979 12:00AM