Evaluation of Simulation Models for Road Weather Information System

During winter seasons, road surface conditions are subject to adverse weather conditions. The severity of winter weather varies across the country. Weather-related crashes usually occur on slick pavements due to the presence of water, snow, ice, and fog. On average, twenty-three percent (23%) of vehicle crashes each year are weather-related form 2002 to 2012 (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] data). Therefore, winter road maintenance operations are needed to keep roads safe and clean for users. The most common snow and ice control techniques are mechanical (sand and salt spreading; snow plowing and removal) and chemical methods (application of chemicals as freezing point depressants for de-icing or anti-icing). The goal of winter maintenance is to apply the right treatment at critical locations at the right time and at minimum costs. Pavement surface temperature is an important indicator deciding the optimal time to apply anti-icing chemicals and estimating the effect of a particular deicer and the optimal amount required. This research aims to evaluate the applicability of simulation models for Road Weather Information System (RWIS).


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $155813
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    University Transportation Research Center

    City College of New York
    Marshak Hall, Suite 910, 160 Convent Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10031
  • Project Managers:

    Eickemeyer, Penny

  • Performing Organizations:

    Rowan University

    College of Engineering
    201 Mullica Hill Road
    Glassboro, NJ  United States  08028

    Rutgers University, Piscataway

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, New Jersey  United States  08854-8058
  • Principal Investigators:

    Nazari, Dr. Rouzbeh

    Wang, Dr. Hao

  • Start Date: 20160901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180731
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01612655
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University Transportation Research Center
  • Contract Numbers: 49198-42-28
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Oct 3 2016 4:57PM