Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 54-18. Wintertime Pavement Maintenance Practices

Pavement maintenance is broadly classified into two categories: proactive and reactive. Proactive, or planned, maintenance describes actions that are programmed to occur at a convenient time in terms of climatic conditions, traffic, availability of personnel and equipment, and so on. It may be accomplished either by contract or with in-house staff. The need for reactive maintenance, on the other hand, can occur unexpectedly and must be addressed immediately. Maintenance needs that arise during winter and must be completed to maintain the safety and serviceability of roadways may be particularly problematic. Safe operations during adverse conditions and repair material performance in winter weather are two considerations which make winter maintenance challenging. Cold weather maintenance consists of critical actions which must be done immediately to maintain the safety and serviceability of roadways. These actions include patching potholes and punchouts and other repairs to pavements that must be done in the winter season. The objective of this synthesis is to document current state departments of transportation (DOTs) practices for reactive winter pavement maintenance.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $55000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 54-18

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Gause, Jo

  • Performing Organizations:

    CTC & Associates LLC

  • Principal Investigators:

    Kline, Chris

  • Start Date: 20220429
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01845577
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 54-18
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 17 2022 6:07PM