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Maintenance

This section offers several areas to explore: winter maintenance, snow and ice control, vegetation management, roadside and bridge maintenance, product spotlights, article archives, related case studies, related video and product/supplier contact list. The product spotlights contain information and photos of equipment relevant to the specific maintenance types. The article library contains all stories related to maintenance pulled from the rich archives of Roads & Bridges magazine and our Winter Maintenance supplement magazine

Article September 02, 2015
For the first time in its publishing history, the Farmer’s Almanac made a disclaimer in the 2014-15 winter forecast notifying readers that El Niño could effect cold predictions. And yet the meteorological instigator never really did announce his presence.   So this year the famous prognosticator is...
Article September 02, 2015
Snow-removal costs can represent a significant portion of the road-maintenance budget for cities and states.   Liquid brine solution is spray-applied in advance of a snow weather event.   In addition, deicing chemicals increase chloride levels in shallow groundwater and surface water, which can...
Article September 02, 2015
To say that Alaska is the land of extremes is a slight understatement. In sheer size, the 49th state is larger than the next four largest states combined. Alaska’s climate experiences temperature extremes ranging from -80°F to 100°F, and snowfall in Thompson Pass near Valdez once reached 974.5 in....
Article September 02, 2015
The city of Toledo, Ohio’s Division of Streets, Bridges and Harbor was hit hard with challenges when, after two consecutive milder-than-normal winters, Winter 2013-2014 came barreling down with record-breaking low temperatures and snow that wouldn’t quit. Double the average amount of storms, salt...
Article September 02, 2015
Since the 1970s, the staple deicing material for state departments of transportation has been chlorides, usually sodium chloride in the form of rock salt, and sometimes liquid salt brine or other chemicals.   Anti-icing, the use of liquid chemicals to treat the road prior to snowstorms, is a...
News August 24, 2015
Today is the last day to take Roads & Bridges Winter Maintenance Survey and win an $100 AmEx gift card. Give us your input on what you anticipate the 2015 winter to be like for maintenance crews at the state, county, city and township levels. Click here to fill out the survey. 
News August 24, 2015
The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration has issued a summer update on its 2015 construction program that provides information about which projects are on time, new schedules for those that are delayed plus information on newly added projects.   The online brochure,...
Case Studies July 23, 2015

An application vehicle treats the highway.

MRDC Operations Corporation (MRDC), a private enterprise responsible for maintaining and rehabilitating a 121-mile highway connecting the cities of Fredericton and Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada, began manufacturing and using salt brine several years ago for pre-wetting road salt during deicing...
News July 23, 2015
A Trip report found more than one-fourth of urban interstates, freeways and arterial routes with at least two lanes were paved in “poor condition”, and cost the average motorist $516 per year in additional maintenance costs.   Trip analyzed data from the Federal Highway Administration’s 2013 road...
Case Studies July 02, 2015

TPRS deployment is easier, faster and safer with CRIB. 

When Area Wide Protective’s Eric Hulme evaluated Plastic Safety Systems’ (PSS) RoadQuake Temporary Portable Rumble Strip (RQ TPRS) for deployment in their traffic control operations, he identified two issues that would require solutions before adding TPRS to their operations.   Area Wide Protective...
Case Studies May 22, 2015

Epoxy-aggregate helps provide traction and anti-icing.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (DOT) wanted to protect their bridge decks, exit ramps and overpasses from corrosion. The seepage that can occur from applying deicing and anti-icing chlorides can also cause contamination and corrosion, and the DOT wanted to be proactive. Rather than...
Article May 04, 2015
The Idaho Transportation Department splits the state into six districts to make maintenance more manageable.   Each district can be vastly different from its counterparts in population, weather patterns and terrain. District 1 consists of the five northern-most counties and borders Washington,...
Article May 04, 2015
Operations workers know that the only constant in their world is change.   Most take pride in the fact they can react and adjust to changing conditions, changing requirements and changing response. Occasionally Mother Nature will throw a curveball, and standard response tactics are no longer...
Article May 04, 2015
Snow and blowing snow conditions are major road transportation issues for many northern states and Canada. Keeping roadways safe and passable is a high priority and an unpredictable budget item of roadway-maintenance departments. In an effort to reduce costs while maintaining safe roadways,...
Article May 01, 2015
There are those who are concerned about invited guests, and others who worry about an uninvited one.   Weather forecasting can ease or mess with the minds of individuals on either end. Brides want their day to be perfect, while public works officials just want to be ready for the day—or night—when...
Article May 01, 2015
As director of snow and ice operations for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Paul Brown often recommended investments and process improvements to upper management.   “Lots of times, they’d come back with, ‘What’s the cost-benefit?’” Brown said. “There was nothing out there to help...
Article May 01, 2015
$2,696 per lane-mile.   That is how much the Wisconsin Department of Transportation spent on snow removal, deicing and other winter-maintenance activities in the 2010-11 winter season. This cost reflects how formidable a task winter maintenance is in states with snowy climates; in Wisconsin alone...
Article May 01, 2015
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is charged with protecting the waters of our state.   We have 11,842 lakes and 92,000 miles of river. We not only love our water but we use our water. One out of six of us owns a boat, 900,000 are registered each year and with our 158 species of fish,...
Article May 01, 2015
Departments of transportation often provide mixture recommendations for various roadside plantings.   In Minnesota, specifications are given by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) for a number of different turf plantings, including salt-tolerant turf for roadsides. Even though these...
Article May 01, 2015
It has not been raining sideways in Charlotte, N.C., but Ken Hooker knows better than to get slapped in the face with the unexpected.   This is why the deputy streets superintendent for the city of Charlotte is gearing up for a 2013-14 winter season that could drop more precipitation than normal....
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