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Winter Maintenance News February 06, 2019
Finance company Value Penguin recently released a list of the states with the highest winter weather-related driving fatalities, compiled from statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.   From 2013 to 2017, there were 2,718 fatalities that resulted from winter weather-...
Utah DOT offers to plow roads in National Parks amidst federal shutdown
Maintenance News January 11, 2019
Officials with the Utah Department of Transportation are meeting with rangers from the National Park Service to discuss plowing roads in three of Utah’s national parks during the federal government shutdown.   The shutdown, which is now approaching the end of its third week, has halted funding to...
Minnesota DOT winter maintenance

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Snow Plowing News January 02, 2019
The Minnesota Department of Transportation's (MnDOT) Safety Innovation Team is introducing an LED lighted plow marker for winter maintenance activities in the state in order to reduce the number of motorist collisions with the department's snowplows.   In the winter of 2017-18, there were 84...
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Snow Plowing News November 28, 2018
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is continuing to hire candidates to drive snowplows and complete highway maintenance work this winter, as part of the 100+ permanent and seasonal maintenance positions the agency is opening up.   The 100 workers needed makes up a little more than 10...
Municipal snow plows
Snow Plowing Products October 26, 2018
Buyers Products new SnowDogg CM Series snow plows provide municipal power for medium-duty trucks (non-CDL, under 26,000 GVW). Corrosion-resistant 304 stainless steel construction and a rugged 8-in. steel cutting edge promise years of heavy-duty performance. The plow punches through heavy/wet snow...
Iowa DOT set to hire 600 snowfighters
Maintenance News October 03, 2018
The topic of winter maintenance is a hair's breadth from being perhaps the apex topic for transportation agencies, notably in the Midwest. In an effort to be ready for whatever Mother Nature hurls at them this winter, the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced it intends on hiring...
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Snow Plowing News September 26, 2018
More than 100 snowplow operators from around the state of Minnesota will spend the last two weeks of September training at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, learning how to most safely and effectively clear snow when it falls on state roads.   The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) said...
Syracuse plans to bolster snow maintenance by adding 20 miles of sidewalk to routing
Maintenance News September 20, 2018
Officials with the city of Syracuse, N.Y., have announced the city's intention to expand its winter maintenance regimen by adding 20 miles of sidewalks to its regular plowing and snow removal schedule.   The area has traditionally contended with fairly weak snow removal laws, and city officials...
DC snow plan
Winter Maintenance Article September 05, 2018
Winter maintenance activities bring unique challenges to agencies charged with maintaining safety and mobility of roadways and surfaces.   While it is accepted practice within winter operations to base needed resources and modes of operation upon historical averages of what has been required during...
Coconino County freeze-thaw cycles

Coconino County faces some of the most severe freeze-thaw cycles in the U.S.

Snow Plowing Article September 05, 2018
It’s a dry heat.   So goes the unofficial mantra for all things weather in Arizona. To the unacquainted, the Grand Canyon State is an endless season of 100°+ days and 75° nights with nary a snowflake in sight. Winters are the stuff of warm vacation dreams where sitting poolside at five-star...
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Winter Maintenance Article September 05, 2018
In Lake County, Ohio, winter weather spells trouble for a stretch of I-90 between S.R. 528 and S.R. 44.   Over a 10-year span, more than 800 winter crashes were recorded along this corridor. On Dec. 8, 2016, an intense snow band that produced massive squalls contributed to a bus crash that led to a...
Fishers Snow Team

The Fishers Snow Team now consists of 120 crew members dedicated to year-round severe weather response.

Snow Control Article September 05, 2018
I work for the city of Fishers, Ind., a growing suburb just northeast of Indianapolis, as foreman of the streets department.   From 2000-2017 our community exploded, its population more than doubling. In 2000, we had 37,000 residents and 120 center-lane miles. In 2017, we had 92,000 residents, 383...
Preventive protocols
Winter Maintenance Article September 05, 2018
Anyone living in a snowbelt state, where pothole dodging has become a survival skill, realizes we have serious issues with our roads and bridges.   And what the public is becoming increasingly aware of is that winter maintenance salting is largely the cause. Less obvious, but of equal concern, is...
Johnson County Indiana snow plow
Winter Maintenance Article September 05, 2018
Those of us who work in areas with inclement winter weather know how important proper winter storm response can be. While only a part of our overall road maintenance responsibilities, our effectiveness when dealing with snow and ice events is certainly the most scrutinized. Nine months of great...
Plow tests
Winter Maintenance Article June 05, 2018
Clearing snow from roadways is an effort as old as roadways themselves, at least in cold climates.   Truck-mounted plows came into wide use in the 1920s. Abrasives such as sand, coal bottom ash or clinker were used to increase friction on icy roadways, once plowed. During the winter of 1941-42, New...
Advanced brine-making technology
Maintenance Products April 25, 2018
The next generation of brine makers is here. The AccuBrine automated brine maker NXT-Gen now brings snowfighters even more advanced brine-making technology, greater accuracy and precision automation. Designed to provide even greater benefits to winter maintenance professionals, the AccuBrine...
Anti-ice systems from Buyers Products
Winter Maintenance Products March 27, 2018
Buyers Products offers a variety of SaltDogg anti-ice systems that apply liquid brine to roads prior to large storms. The systems are a natural addition to their popular line of SaltDogg spreaders. Available in gas, hydraulic and electric drive, systems range in size from 210 to 3,250 gal, for...
Snowplow training

All photos by Dave Gonzalez, Minnesota DOT.

Winter Maintenance Article February 02, 2018
In snowy states, winter maintenance crews deal with everything from freezing rain and black ice to blizzards and even avalanches.   To prepare plow drivers for whatever Mother Nature has in store, state DOTs and other agencies kick off each winter season with training classes.   While all states...
Mississippi winter
Winter Maintenance News December 11, 2017
In this video from the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), Melinda McGrath, P.E., executive director of MDOT, answers questions about the process for pre-treating and maintaining roadways during a winter weather event. Mississippi is currently experiencing ice on roads and bridges in...
Dual wing plow

Five recently configured dual-wing plows will be used primarily along eastern Oregon multi-lane freeways.

Winter Maintenance Article December 05, 2017
“Winter isn’t over til it’s summer.”   That’s the story heard from winter maintenance workers out on the roads in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon, as the mountain range sees snowfall from as early as September to as late as May. It is in this region that most of the snowplows in the state of Oregon...
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