Clear Roads – Reasearch for Winter Highway Maintenance

Clear Roads ( http://www.clearroads.org/index.html ) is an ongoing pooled fund research project aimed at rigorous testing of winter maintenance materials, equipment and methods for use by highway maintenance crews. Launched in 2004 by experienced winter maintenance professionals, Clear Roads responds to a need for research based on practical experience.

By conducting structured field testing and evaluation across a range of winter conditions and highway maintenance organizational structures, Clear Roads projects will deliver immediately useful data and recommendations on the effectiveness, ease of use, optimum application rates, durability, and more, of many advanced winter operations technologies.

Clear Roads Goals:

* Work with the nation’s premier researchers
* Evaluate winter maintenance materials, equipment and methods under real-world    conditions
* Develop specifications and recommendations
* Study and promote innovative techniques and technologies that will save agencies      money, improve safety and increase efficiency
* Make results quickly available to interested agencies

I wanted to share this info with everyone in the snow and ice business. MDOT is a member of Clear Roads, and wishes to share this info with all agencies in Michigan. they also are looking for research project suggestions for submittal. If you have suggestions, I can put you in touch with the person(s) that can submit suggestions to Clear Roads for consideration.

With all the discussion out there about tightening budgets and which of the liquid deicers are the best “Bang for the Buck”, research and guidelines contained in this website will help guide you in making the best selection of a product that works best and is most cost-effective, by doing comparative testing that provides you with clear and accurate data.

See “Development of Standardized Test Procedures for Evaluating Deicing Chemicals”. It is listed under Research Projects on the Clear Roads website. It will guide you through several different methods that take the salesmen out of the equation and allow side by side comparisons for you to evaluate and document different products performance under similar weather conditions.

Good Luck, post any questions or comments you may have. Always looking for Blog ideas.

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About Dave Budd

Vice President of Product Development and Marketing, Great Lakes Chloride, Inc. Serving Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. Retired Michigan DOT, October 2010 after 32 years experience in Maintenance/Operations. Specializing in winter operations and liquid de-icers and anti-icers.
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