Snow Barrier Effectiveness

Snow drifts repeatedly overwhelm snow barrier fences in Districts 4 and 5 requiring repeated and costly clearing of roadways. Different roadway locations have different sets of environmental conditions. The proper snow barrier system can save lives and reduce maintenance costs. To be effective, snow barrier systems must be designed and placed in response to the integrative conditions and integrative effects of the surrounding environment. The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) needs an analysis method that will allow effective matching of snow barrier systems to environmental conditions. This investigation will collect information on state-of-the-art snow barrier methods, their capabilities, and the problems these barriers are proven to solve; develop a method of analysis that can accurately analyze the integrative environmental impacts on snow drift; develop a subsequent method for effectively matching snow barrier systems to environmental conditions; develop appropriate responses to legal requirements; install snow barrier systems at two roadway sites and evaluate their effectiveness; and, finally, validate the match analysis method for effectiveness.


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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01463977
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New Mexico Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: CO4249, NM09SAF-01
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:33PM