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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

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
$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
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
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....
Article April 30, 2015
The Great Winter of 2013-14 will be remembered by tens of millions as one of the coldest and snowiest in memory. For months on end extreme weather conditions pummeled the Eastern Seaboard, Midwest and even the Deep South with some of the largest snowfall volumes and lowest temperatures recorded.  ...
Article April 30, 2015
In the past two decades or so, anti-icing has been gradually adopted by North American highway agencies as a proactive approach to addressing winter driving safety.   Fixed automated spray technology (FAST) systems are designed as a fixed-asset technology for anti-icing at specific target areas,...
Article April 30, 2015
These days the Iowa Department of Transportation talks a lot about dashboards, especially when it comes to our maintenance operations. With more than 900 snowplows, that is a lot of actual dashboards—but the ones we talk the most about can be viewed on a desktop, laptop, tablet or other mobile...
Article April 30, 2015
Persistent cold combined with numerous precipitation events last winter challenged snow fighters from the Midwest to the East Coast and points south to the Gulf Coast. Winter 2013-14 broke records and demanded flexibility in winter-maintenance tactics.   Public agencies responded with ingenuity,...
Article April 30, 2015
In most parts of the country, the average lifespan of a snowflake increased dramatically last winter. Public works officials are hoping the numbers are not doctored in 2014-15.   An unforgiving polar vortex inflated snowfall totals and dropped average temperatures, taxing even the agencies built to...
Case Studies April 23, 2015

Murphy Concrete and Construction manages a large fleets of equipment.

Murphy Concrete and Construction is a third-generation, family owned heavy civil contracting business based in Appleton, Wis., that has been involved in asphalt construction for more than 33 years, providing materials to customers through their aggregate quarries, as well as constructing many of...
News April 22, 2015
  In a time of unique and often persistent economic challenges, the state of Michigan has, of late, seen steady improvement following the Great Recession. However, according to a recent report produced and issued by TRIP, that recovery may be hamstrung by a manifold increase in road deterioration,...
News April 16, 2015
The Nebraska State Department of Roads (NDOR) released its annual report recently, in which the agency outlined performance measures and ancillary initiatives in its “Toward Zero Deaths” safety program.   According to the report, the mission statement of the safety push is characterized as: “To...
Case Studies March 27, 2015

Workers in Wisconsin load the briner maker.

A few years ago, the City of Wauwatosa implemented a brine program for anti-icing and pre-wetting salt. As a pilot program, city officials were cautious when it came to investing in the upfront costs for an in-house brine maker without first seeing the results. Rather than batch their own brine,...
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