River Ice Measurements for Transportation Safety in Rural Communities

This project is relevant to the cold areas of Federal Region 10 where transportation routes can occur on frozen surface of lakes and rivers. While they exist, these types of winter roads are often the only opportunity for rural Alaskan communities to connect to the state highway system and satisfy community supply needs. The goal of this project is to identify a set of river ice measurements to be used by rural communities to monitor river ice conditions for safe winter travel. The research team will work with the city of Tanana, a rural Alaskan community that depends on a winter ice road across the Yukon River to connect to the Alaska Highway system. In the course of preparing this proposal, the PI contacted the Tanana City Manager, who is supportive of the river ice study. He also mentioned that the community has already encountered problems with vehicles sinking through the river ice during the ice road construction.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $128096
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      United States Department of Transportation - FHWA - LTAP

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC    20590

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      Alaska University Transportation Center

      University of Alaska, Fairbanks
      P.O. Box 755900
      Fairbanks, AK  United States  99775-5900
    • Principal Investigators:

      Stuefer, Svetlana

    • Start Date: 20190916
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210915
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01723932
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Nov 27 2019 6:28PM