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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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $120000.00
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    New Mexico Department of Transportation Research Bureau

    7500 Pan American Freeway NR
    Albuquerque, New Mexico  United States  87109
  • Project Managers:

    Daniell, Keli

  • Performing Organizations:

    New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

    801 Leroy Place
    Socorro, New Mexico  United States  87801
  • Principal Investigators:

    Budek-Schmeisser, Andrew

  • Start Date: 20090331
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25936

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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