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 Episode of Talkin’ Winter Ops

Now in its seventh season, AASHTO’s Talkin’ Winter Ops podcast hits the ground running with an all new episode.

Winter Maintenance at the 2024 TRB Meeting

Clear Roads has prepared a listing of technical sessions and posters related to winter maintenance that were presented at the 2024 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting.

Winter Maintenance Research Roundup

Check out the recent research from transportation organizations around the country: Image source: Colorado Department of Transportation

Winter Maintenance Research in Progress

New research is underway! Learn more about some of the winter maintenance issues that Clear Roads and other transportation organizations around the country are exploring now.

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