Clear Roads Winter Highway Operations Phase III Pooled Fund

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(479)
Lead Organization: Minnesota Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1555
Partners: Oregon State University, Kentucky Department of Transportation, AK, AZDOT, CA, CO, CT, DE, IADOT, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MDOT SHA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NHDOT, NV, NY, OH, PADOT, RI, SD, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Jun 04, 2021
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $1,450,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Debbie Sinclair
debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Phone: 651-336-3746
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities $0.00
Arizona Department of Transportation $0.00
California Department of Transportation $0.00
Colorado Department of Transportation $0.00
Connecticut Department of Transportation $0.00
Delaware Department of Transportation $0.00
Idaho Department of Transportation $0.00
Illinois Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Indiana Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Tony McClellan Tommy Nantung 765-463-1521 ext 248 tnantung@indot.in.gov
Indiana Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Tony McClellan Tommy Nantung 765-463-1521 ext 248 tnantung@indot.in.gov
Indiana Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Tony McClellan Tommy Nantung 765-463-1521 ext 248 tnantung@indot.in.gov
Iowa Department of Transportation $0.00
Kansas Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Clay Adams David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kentucky Department of Transportation $0.00
Maine Department of Transportation $0.00
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2022 $25,000.00 Sandi Sauter Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2023 $25,000.00 Sandi Sauter Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Lily Oliver Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Lily Oliver Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Lily Oliver Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Lily Oliver Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 Lily Oliver Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Michigan Department of Transportation $0.00
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Tom Peters Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Tom Peters Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Tom Peters Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Tom Peters Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 Tom Peters Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Missouri Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Todd Miller Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Todd Miller Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Todd Miller Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Todd Miller Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 Todd Miller Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Montana Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Doug McBroom Susan Sillick 406-444-7693 ssillick@mt.gov
Nebraska Department of Transportation $0.00
Nevada Department of Transportation $0.00
New Hampshire Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 David Gray Ann Scholz 603-271-1659 ann.scholz@dot.nh.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Kristina Crowley Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Kristina Crowley Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Kristina Crowley Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Kristina Crowley Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 Kristina Crowley Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation $0.00
Ohio Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Oregon State University $0.00
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Jon Fleming Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Jon Fleming Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Jon Fleming Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Jon Fleming Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 Jon Fleming Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Rhode Island Department of Transportation $0.00
South Dakota Department of Transportation $0.00
Texas Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 James Stevenson Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 James Stevenson Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 James Stevenson Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 James Stevenson Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 James Stevenson Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Rhett Arnell David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Rhett Arnell David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Rhett Arnell David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Rhett Arnell David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 Rhett Arnell David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Vermont Agency of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Todd Law Emily Parkany (802) 272-6862 Emily.Parkany@vermont.gov
Vermont Agency of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Todd Law Emily Parkany (802) 272-6862 Emily.Parkany@vermont.gov
Vermont Agency of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Todd Law Emily Parkany (802) 272-6862 Emily.Parkany@vermont.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Joe Williams Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
West Virginia Department of Transportation $0.00
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Emil Juni Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wyoming Department of Transportation $0.00

Study Description

The Clear Roads pooled fund project began in 2004 with four members and a focus on real world testing of winter maintenance materials, methods, and equipment. During its twelve years of funding and overseeing research projects, the pooled fund has grown to include thirty-six member states funding three to ten research projects annually.

Clear Roads’ latest projects and partnership initiatives have included a strong emphasis on implementation and technology transfer through an enhanced online presence and the use of web-based tools – such as the Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (AWSSI) and the Weather Event Reconstruction and Analysis Tool - to more effectively share research results and successful practices among agencies. Clear Roads has taken steps to become a national resource for winter maintenance professionals by assuming leadership of the Qualified Products List from the Pacific Northwest Snowfighters, creating the Winter Preparedness Website, and working with AASHTO’s Proficiency Sample Program to develop a product proficiency program for laboratory testing of deicing products. Clear Roads is also investigating emerging technologies, such as automated indoor stockpile measurement systems and electric/alternative fuel vehicle technologies for winter operations. Operationally, Clear Roads is adding semiannual webinars to provide interim updates on state best practices and implementation of Clear Roads research. See the Clear Roads Web site for both the history and latest information on this project: www.clearroads.org.

The current Clear Roads project (TPF-5(353)) will be closing, and the next phase of this pooled fund will begin under this solicitation. This new Clear Roads project will maintain its mission to advance winter highway operations nationally by undertaking practical, practice-ready research related to materials, equipment, and methods. State departments of transportation are aggressively pursuing new technologies, practices, tools, and programs to improve winter highway operations and safety while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Developing priority areas of interest in FFYs 2022-2026 include advanced anti-icing/deicing methods, new automated and intelligent technologies, improved decision-making tools, and national database networks, as well as others that cannot yet be anticipated over the next half decade. The Clear Roads pooled fund provides the critical funding and structure needed to evaluate these new tools and practices in both lab and field settings, to develop industry standards and performance measures, to conduct cost-benefit analyses, and to develop and evaluate new designs and practices that further improve winter highway safety and minimize environmental impacts. This project responds to research and technology transfer needs not currently met by other pooled fund projects. Existing partners make every effort to coordinate with other agencies to avoid duplication of efforts and to encourage implementation of results.

This new phase of Clear Roads will address both operational and management research needs, investigating the most effective tools and practices for clearing snow and ice and for managing program resources, budgets, and performance measures. It will continue to promote an even stronger emphasis on the use of research results in the field. The project will provide expanded support for implementation and technology transfer through the development of user manuals, training modules, peer exchanges, and quick turnaround syntheses of the most effective state practices from around the country. This new phase will also include expanded collaboration with other research organizations focused on winter maintenance (such as the Aurora Pooled Fund, AASHTO, TRB, and APWA) to further leverage the research funding investment.

Objectives

Objectives of the new phase of the Clear Roads pooled fund project will include:

• Conduct structured field testing and evaluation across a range of winter conditions and different highway maintenance organizational structures to assess the practical effectiveness, ease of use, optimum application rates, barriers to use, durability, safety, environmental impact, and cost-effectiveness of innovative materials, equipment, and methods for improved winter highway maintenance.

• Conduct research that explores the use of innovative materials, equipment, and processes that will promote environmentally sustainable winter maintenance operations.

• Conduct cost-benefit analyses to ensure that new technologies, materials, or methods contribute to operational efficiency.

• Investigate state agency uses of performance measures for winter operations and develop management tools that support effective analysis and reporting of the measures.

• Establish industry standards and develop performance measures for evaluating and utilizing new materials and technologies.

• Support technology transfer by developing and disseminating practical field guides and training curriculum and reference materials to promote the results of research projects.

• Support the exchange of information and ideas among state agencies via peer exchanges, ad hoc internal surveys, and collaborative research efforts that provide opportunities for winter maintenance specialists to share experiences related to winter maintenance.

• Conduct national surveys to compile and document agency practices on the latest operational issues (for example salt shortages, level of service requirements, or other "hot button" issues).

• Conduct quick turnaround, low-cost synthesis projects to investigate the latest research and practices on pressing winter maintenance topics.

• Coordinate with the Aurora Pooled Fund (http://www.aurora-program.org/) to enhance the impact, and avoid duplication, of winter road weather research.

• Promote public education and outreach related to winter maintenance and winter driving safety.

Scope of Work

Deliverables: Research reports, technical briefs, synthesis reports, field guides, guides to best management practices, specifications, PowerPoint presentations, video documentation, training materials, software programs, online management tools, and public safety messages.

Benefits: State and local winter maintenance organizations will be able to make informed operational and purchasing decisions based on objective evaluations of promising materials and equipment. By pooling resources, agencies will be able to conduct more extensive studies across a greater range of conditions than could be done by a single agency with only its own funds. By collaborating, sharing information, and conducting impromptu surveys, agencies will benefit from each other's experiences and avoid the duplication of research efforts. The outcomes of these projects will help agencies get the maximum financial benefit out of their investments in materials, equipment, and technologies.

Implementation: Research findings will be disseminated via the Transportation Pooled Fund website and the Clear Roads website. Technology transfer and training will also be a focus of every project with funding allocated to develop the resources necessary to communicate research outcomes to a variety of audiences and ensure that new methods, tools, and equipment can be implemented at the field level. Investigators and Technical Advisory Committee members will present findings at relevant meetings and incorporate in training materials.

Comments

Total Budget: $425,000 annually with a minimum commitment of $25,000 per year from each partner.

Subjects: Maintenance

Documents Attached
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TPF-5(479) Acceptance Letter Acceptance letter.pdf Other Public

Clear Roads Winter Highway Operations Phase III Pooled Fund

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(479)
Lead Organization: Minnesota Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1555
Partners: Oregon State University, Kentucky Department of Transportation, AK, AZDOT, CA, CO, CT, DE, IADOT, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MDOT SHA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NHDOT, NV, NY, OH, PADOT, RI, SD, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Jun 04, 2021
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $1,450,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Debbie Sinclair
debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Phone: 651-336-3746
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Illinois Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Indiana Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Tony McClellan Tommy Nantung 765-463-1521 ext 248 tnantung@indot.in.gov
Indiana Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Tony McClellan Tommy Nantung 765-463-1521 ext 248 tnantung@indot.in.gov
Indiana Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Tony McClellan Tommy Nantung 765-463-1521 ext 248 tnantung@indot.in.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Clay Adams David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2022 $25,000.00 Sandi Sauter Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2023 $25,000.00 Sandi Sauter Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Lily Oliver Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Lily Oliver Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Lily Oliver Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Lily Oliver Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 Lily Oliver Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Tom Peters Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Tom Peters Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Tom Peters Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Tom Peters Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 Tom Peters Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Missouri Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Todd Miller Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Todd Miller Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Todd Miller Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Todd Miller Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 Todd Miller Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Montana Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Doug McBroom Susan Sillick 406-444-7693 ssillick@mt.gov
New Hampshire Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 David Gray Ann Scholz 603-271-1659 ann.scholz@dot.nh.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Kristina Crowley Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Kristina Crowley Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Kristina Crowley Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Kristina Crowley Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 Kristina Crowley Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Jon Fleming Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Jon Fleming Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Jon Fleming Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Jon Fleming Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 Jon Fleming Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 James Stevenson Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 James Stevenson Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 James Stevenson Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 James Stevenson Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 James Stevenson Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Rhett Arnell David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Rhett Arnell David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Rhett Arnell David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Rhett Arnell David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2026 $25,000.00 Rhett Arnell David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Vermont Agency of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Todd Law Emily Parkany (802) 272-6862 Emily.Parkany@vermont.gov
Vermont Agency of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Todd Law Emily Parkany (802) 272-6862 Emily.Parkany@vermont.gov
Vermont Agency of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Todd Law Emily Parkany (802) 272-6862 Emily.Parkany@vermont.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Joe Williams Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Emil Juni Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

Study Description

The Clear Roads pooled fund project began in 2004 with four members and a focus on real world testing of winter maintenance materials, methods, and equipment. During its twelve years of funding and overseeing research projects, the pooled fund has grown to include thirty-six member states funding three to ten research projects annually.

Clear Roads’ latest projects and partnership initiatives have included a strong emphasis on implementation and technology transfer through an enhanced online presence and the use of web-based tools – such as the Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (AWSSI) and the Weather Event Reconstruction and Analysis Tool - to more effectively share research results and successful practices among agencies. Clear Roads has taken steps to become a national resource for winter maintenance professionals by assuming leadership of the Qualified Products List from the Pacific Northwest Snowfighters, creating the Winter Preparedness Website, and working with AASHTO’s Proficiency Sample Program to develop a product proficiency program for laboratory testing of deicing products. Clear Roads is also investigating emerging technologies, such as automated indoor stockpile measurement systems and electric/alternative fuel vehicle technologies for winter operations. Operationally, Clear Roads is adding semiannual webinars to provide interim updates on state best practices and implementation of Clear Roads research. See the Clear Roads Web site for both the history and latest information on this project: www.clearroads.org.

The current Clear Roads project (TPF-5(353)) will be closing, and the next phase of this pooled fund will begin under this solicitation. This new Clear Roads project will maintain its mission to advance winter highway operations nationally by undertaking practical, practice-ready research related to materials, equipment, and methods. State departments of transportation are aggressively pursuing new technologies, practices, tools, and programs to improve winter highway operations and safety while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Developing priority areas of interest in FFYs 2022-2026 include advanced anti-icing/deicing methods, new automated and intelligent technologies, improved decision-making tools, and national database networks, as well as others that cannot yet be anticipated over the next half decade. The Clear Roads pooled fund provides the critical funding and structure needed to evaluate these new tools and practices in both lab and field settings, to develop industry standards and performance measures, to conduct cost-benefit analyses, and to develop and evaluate new designs and practices that further improve winter highway safety and minimize environmental impacts. This project responds to research and technology transfer needs not currently met by other pooled fund projects. Existing partners make every effort to coordinate with other agencies to avoid duplication of efforts and to encourage implementation of results.

This new phase of Clear Roads will address both operational and management research needs, investigating the most effective tools and practices for clearing snow and ice and for managing program resources, budgets, and performance measures. It will continue to promote an even stronger emphasis on the use of research results in the field. The project will provide expanded support for implementation and technology transfer through the development of user manuals, training modules, peer exchanges, and quick turnaround syntheses of the most effective state practices from around the country. This new phase will also include expanded collaboration with other research organizations focused on winter maintenance (such as the Aurora Pooled Fund, AASHTO, TRB, and APWA) to further leverage the research funding investment.

Objectives

Objectives of the new phase of the Clear Roads pooled fund project will include:

• Conduct structured field testing and evaluation across a range of winter conditions and different highway maintenance organizational structures to assess the practical effectiveness, ease of use, optimum application rates, barriers to use, durability, safety, environmental impact, and cost-effectiveness of innovative materials, equipment, and methods for improved winter highway maintenance.

• Conduct research that explores the use of innovative materials, equipment, and processes that will promote environmentally sustainable winter maintenance operations.

• Conduct cost-benefit analyses to ensure that new technologies, materials, or methods contribute to operational efficiency.

• Investigate state agency uses of performance measures for winter operations and develop management tools that support effective analysis and reporting of the measures.

• Establish industry standards and develop performance measures for evaluating and utilizing new materials and technologies.

• Support technology transfer by developing and disseminating practical field guides and training curriculum and reference materials to promote the results of research projects.

• Support the exchange of information and ideas among state agencies via peer exchanges, ad hoc internal surveys, and collaborative research efforts that provide opportunities for winter maintenance specialists to share experiences related to winter maintenance.

• Conduct national surveys to compile and document agency practices on the latest operational issues (for example salt shortages, level of service requirements, or other "hot button" issues).

• Conduct quick turnaround, low-cost synthesis projects to investigate the latest research and practices on pressing winter maintenance topics.

• Coordinate with the Aurora Pooled Fund (http://www.aurora-program.org/) to enhance the impact, and avoid duplication, of winter road weather research.

• Promote public education and outreach related to winter maintenance and winter driving safety.

Scope of Work

Deliverables: Research reports, technical briefs, synthesis reports, field guides, guides to best management practices, specifications, PowerPoint presentations, video documentation, training materials, software programs, online management tools, and public safety messages.

Benefits: State and local winter maintenance organizations will be able to make informed operational and purchasing decisions based on objective evaluations of promising materials and equipment. By pooling resources, agencies will be able to conduct more extensive studies across a greater range of conditions than could be done by a single agency with only its own funds. By collaborating, sharing information, and conducting impromptu surveys, agencies will benefit from each other's experiences and avoid the duplication of research efforts. The outcomes of these projects will help agencies get the maximum financial benefit out of their investments in materials, equipment, and technologies.

Implementation: Research findings will be disseminated via the Transportation Pooled Fund website and the Clear Roads website. Technology transfer and training will also be a focus of every project with funding allocated to develop the resources necessary to communicate research outcomes to a variety of audiences and ensure that new methods, tools, and equipment can be implemented at the field level. Investigators and Technical Advisory Committee members will present findings at relevant meetings and incorporate in training materials.

Comments

Total Budget: $425,000 annually with a minimum commitment of $25,000 per year from each partner.

Subjects: Maintenance

Title File/Link Type Private
TPF-5(479) Acceptance Letter Acceptance letter.pdf Other Public

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