Design of Living Barriers to Reduce the Impacts of Snow Drifts on Illinois Freeways

An emerging alternative to a structural snow fence is a living snow fence (LSF), which provides a longer-lasting, low-maintenance and cost-effective solution to snowdrifting. It is desirable to improve the use of living barriers as a passive yet sustainable snow/ice control measure for Illinois freeways. Existing design protocols are based on semi-empirical assumptions about snow transport and deposition around structural barriers, which fail to represent the diverse scenarios around LSFs or guide their proper siting and design. The objective of this project is to “develop recommendations on design and placement of living snow fences to minimize the snow drift”.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contract to a Performing Organization has not yet been awarded.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $373,806
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, IL  United States  62764
  • Managing Organizations:

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Illinois Center for Transportation
    1611 Titan Drive
    Rantoul, IL  United States  61866
  • Principal Investigators:

    Shi, Xianming

    Cornwell, Mark

    Petrie, John

    Qi, Yan

  • Start Date: 20151101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01591459
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Illinois Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: R27-164
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 26 2016 9:17AM