Clear Roads Phase II

Objectives of the new phase of the Clear Roads Pooled Fund project will include the following: (1) Conduct structured field testing and evaluation across a range of winter conditions and different highway maintenance organizational structures to assess the practical effectiveness, ease of use, optimum application rates, barriers to use, durability, safety, environmental impact, and cost-effectiveness of innovative materials, equipment, and methods for improved winter highway maintenance; (2) Conduct research that explores the use of innovative materials, equipment, and processes that will promote environmentally sustainable winter maintenance operations; (3) Conduct cost-benefit analyses to ensure that new technologies, materials, or methods contribute to operational efficiency; (4) Investigate state agency uses of performance measures for winter operations and develop management tools that support effective analysis and reporting of the measures; (5) Establish industry standards and develop performance measures for evaluating and utilizing new materials and technologies; (6) Support technology transfer by developing and disseminating practical field guides and training curriculum to promote the results of research projects; (7) Support the exchange of information and ideas among state agencies via peer exchanges, impromptu internal surveys, and collaborative research efforts that provide opportunities for winter maintenance specialists to share experiences related to winter maintenance; (8) Conduct national surveys to compile and document agency practices on the latest operational issues (for example salt shortages, level of service requirements, or other "hot button" issues); (9) Conduct quicker turnaround, lower cost, synthesis projects to investigate the latest research and practices on pressing winter maintenance topics; (10) Coordinate with the Aurora Pooled Fund (http://www.aurora-program.org/) to enhance the impact, and avoid duplication, of winter road weather research; and (11) Promote public education and outreach related to winter maintenance and winter driving safety.

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  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01754969
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(353)
  • Files: RiP, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 20 2020 3:08PM