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 Clear Roads Research: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Deicers

This Clear Roads project identified equipment improvements and refinements to the mechanical rocker test, giving agencies a more accurate tool for evaluating deicer performance.

Clear Roads Honored With First-Ever Transportation Pooled Fund Excellence Award

The Clear Roads Winter Maintenance Research study has been selected for a 2024 Transportation Pooled Fund Excellence Award! This new annual award is only given to two pooled fund studies per year in recognition of “meaningful collaboration and partnership to advance national transportation research priorities in the areas of safety, economic strength, equity, sustainability, and organizational excellence.”

Winter Maintenance Research Roundup

Check out the recent research from transportation organizations around the country.

New Podcast Episodes from Talkin Winter Ops

Check out these recent episodes from AASHTO’s Talkin Winter Ops podcast.

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

Winter Maintenance Research Roundup

Check out the recent research from transportation organizations around the country.

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