Route Optimization - Tech Transfer

During the 2014-2015 winter, the Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) snow and ice crews traveled 12,138,860 miles treating snow and ice, working a total of 1.1 million hours and spreading 947,000 tons of salt on Ohio's highways (ODOT, 2015). In order to accomplish treating this vast amount of lane miles, ODOT deploys a fleet of 1,700 snow plow trucks from 200 garages, yards, and outposts that maintain approximately 43,337 lane miles of roadway (ODOT, 2011). Utilizing a fleet of this magnitude to maintain an extensive road network creates an operational concern. To assist with this issue, an effective software application may potentially be implemented into the winter maintenance operations to help determine the optimal fleet size and most efficient winter maintenance routes to maintain a safe road network. University of Akron Research Foundation will provide ODOT with a custom software application that is capable of determining efficient routes and each route's associated level of service. The software application will be in complete compliance with current Information Technology industry standards, therefore the application should be able to be housed by ODOT and will be able to be implemented into ODOT's operations with the use of their current management systems.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $550063
  • Contract Numbers:




  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Martindale, Jill

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Akron Research Foundation

    Goodyear Polymer Center STE 312
    302 E. Buchtel Ave.
    Akron, OH  United States  44325
  • Principal Investigators:

    Schneider, William

  • Start Date: 20170101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180901
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01618769
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 28117, 135461, 104440
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 12 2016 11:15AM