The Clear Roads pooled fund project began in early 2004 in response to a need for real-world testing in the field of winter highway operations. This ongoing research program has already attracted 26 member states and is funding practical, usable winter maintenance research. Wisconsin DOT led this pooled fund from 2004 to 2009 under TPF-5(092). The Minnesota DOT now leads the project under TPF-5(218).
In this quarterly e-newsletter, you'll find summaries and links to the latest technical news and best practices from the U.S. and around the world, highlighting applications of winter maintenance research and technology and the latest transportation research by state DOTs, universities, TRB and FHWA.
AASHTO Technical Implementation Group (TIG) identifies and champions the implementation or deployment of a select few "ready-to-use" technologies, products or processes that are likely to yield significant economic or qualitative benefits to the users. They have recently focused on the Towplow and compiled the benefits of using a Tow Plow. Click here to review the information and resources that they have assembled.
Clear Roads has developed a step-by-step instructional video to accompany its Field Testing Guide for Deicing Chemicals, which outlines the three levels of field testing that DOT staff can perform to determine the effectiveness of a deicing chemical. The video complements the guide by providing a demonstration of the methodology presented in the Guide.
May 8-10, 2013
Clear Roads will meet to select projects for 2013 funding and get updates on research in progress. Please contact Cliff Spoonemore if you are interested in attending.