Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 54-18. Wintertime Pavement Maintenance Practices

Pavement maintenance is broadly classified into two categories: proactive and reactive. Proactive, or planned, maintenance describes actions that are programmed to occur at a convenient time in terms of climatic conditions, traffic, availability of personnel and equipment, and so on. It may be accomplished either by contract or with in-house staff. The need for reactive maintenance, on the other hand, can occur at any time. Maintenance needs that arise during winter and must be completed to maintain the safety and serviceability of roadways may be particularly problematic. Safe operations during adverse conditions and repair material performance in winter weather are two considerations that make winter maintenance challenging. Cold weather maintenance consists of critical actions which must be done immediately to maintain the safety and serviceability of roadways. These actions include patching potholes and punch outs, removal of snow and ice, and deicing. The objective of this synthesis is to document current state departments of transportation (DOTs) practices for performing reactive winter roadway maintenance. Information to be gathered includes (but is not limited to): (1) Roadway maintenance activities performed during the winter; (2) How reactive wintertime roadway maintenance may differ from when these activities are done at the optimal time; (3) Whether winter maintenance treatments are considered temporary, with plans to conduct repairs in better weather, or whether they considered as permanent repairs; (4) Special considerations for the impact of snow and ice removal on winter maintenance performance; (5) Material selection, timing, procedures, and required equipment specific to winter maintenance operations; and (6) Whether information about wintertime pavement maintenance operations is integrated into a DOT asset management system.


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  • Status: Programmed
  • Funding: $55000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 54-18

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Gause, Jo

  • Start Date: 20220516
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01845577
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 54-18
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 16 2022 3:04PM