The Clear Roads Research Program

brings together transportation professionals and researchers from around the country to drive innovation in the field of winter maintenance. By evaluating materials, equipment and methods in real-world conditions, the program identifies the most effective techniques and technologies to save agencies money, improve safety and increase efficiency.

New Podcast Episodes from Talkin Winter Ops

Check out these recent episodes from AASHTO’s Talkin Winter Ops podcast: Help is On the Way (Episode 95): Artificial intelligence has become a big part …

Clear Roads Training Materials Featured in APWA Reporter

Clear Roads training materials were featured in the October 2019 issue of APWA Reporter magazine. The article highlights Clear Roads’ video training on … Read more

Clear Roads Snowplow Training Featured in Roads & Bridges Magazine

Clear Roads’ modular, customizable training materials for snowplow operators and supervisors were featured in the February 2018 issue of Roads & … Read more

Clear Roads Research in the News

—”Free CDL Training for Equipment Operators“: Clear Roads’ commercial driver’s license (CDL) training materials were featured in the August 2022 … Read more

Electric Vehicle Technologies and Alternative Fuels for Winter Road Operations

Interviews with 13 state DOTs and others in government, as well as vehicle and fuel system manufacturers, informed this synthesis … Read more

High Performance Blade Evaluation

New tools—including a testing protocol and quick reference guide—aim to help agencies compare the costs and variables of different plow … Read more

Corrosion and Connectors Don’t Mix

This synthesis project used a survey of winter maintenance professionals and a review of relevant literature to gather information that … Read more

Entry-Level CDL Training Materials

A new federal rule is changing how transportation agencies train equipment operators who need to obtain or upgrade a commercial … Read more

Proficiency Testing Program for Labs

Clear Roads is partnering with AASHTO re:source to help laboratories improve and standardize their testing protocols for materials used for … Read more

National Survey Compiles Eighth Year of Winter Maintenance Data

We’ve published our eighth Annual Survey of State Winter Maintenance Data, which compiles winter resources, material and cost data from … Read more