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. 

PR bridge

Image: Puerto Rico DTOP via AASHTO Journal

News November 20, 2017
Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is asking the Trump administration and Congress to provide Puerto Rico with more than $5.84 billion in disaster aid just to cover repairs to the island territory's hurricane-damaged roads, bridges, seaports and airports.   That is part of a total $94.4 billion aid request he...
WSDOT snow bridge

Image: WSDOT

News November 17, 2017
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) workers completed a second avalanche bridge on I-90 this past week in an eight-year effort to increase safety and traffic flow on Snoqualmie Pass.   The effort is part of phase one of a 15-mile project, stretching from Hyak to Easton. Phase one...
Iowa gas tax hike already benefiting road and bridge projects
News November 15, 2017
Iowa drivers are presently paying 10 cents more per gallon than they did just a few years ago, and while tax increases are no friend to most political leaderships, in Iowa benefits are already being realized.   The state’s gas tax hike has produced an extra $515 million for state and local...
Federal UAV pilot program to expand drone use
News October 26, 2017
President Trump and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao have announced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program, an initiative aimed at exploring expanded use of drones. The new program will allow companies and local governments to use drones in ways that the Federal Aviation...
Salt brine Minnesota
Case Studies October 24, 2017
The city of St. Cloud and county of Anoka in Minnesota were both looking to enhance the performance of their salt brine operations. In 2015, St. Cloud used over 81,000 gal of salt brine and purchased 2,290 tons of salt. Anoka County is responsible for maintaining and clearing snow and ice from 423...
U.S. DOT
News October 03, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Thursday announced the immediate availability of $40 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help restore essential service on roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Maria throughout Puerto Rico.  ...
paraffin oil mix

Researchers from Drexel University, Purdue University and Oregon State University have discovered that adding paraffin oil to the mix for road concrete can give it the ability to melt ice and snow when temperatures fall. 

Image: Drexel University

Article September 28, 2017
Drexel University researchers have recently made a discovery that could create roads that deice themselves during winter storms. The secret? Adding a little paraffin wax to the road's concrete mix.   In a paper published for the journal Cement and Concrete Composites, researchers, led by Yaghoob...
snowy road
Article September 28, 2017
If you have ever built anything, you have probably heard the old saying, “Measure twice, cut once.”   The first time you did not follow it, you quickly learned the lesson. Making an accurate measurement is important, otherwise you end up wasting time. If you think of weather, have you ever wondered...
winter roads
News September 27, 2017
The town of Bancroft, Ontario, will hire contractor Carillion for this year’s winter maintenance operations on connecting link highways in town, a decision that rejects a proposal to keep those operations in-house.   Public Works Manager Perry Kelly had recently suggested that town staff should...
road maintenance
News September 27, 2017
Throughout the month of October, S.R. 18 in southern California will be closed between Snow Valley Mountain Resort and Big Bear Dam in San Bernardino County in preparation for winter.   The area known as the Arctic Circle will be closed to traffic Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Oct...
The 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico caused significant infrastructure damage.

Image source: BGR

News September 21, 2017
The magnitude-7.1 earthquake that hit central Mexico this past Tuesday afternoon has left more than 200 people are dead. It is marked as the worst natural seismic event in the area in more than 30 years.   Geoffrey Abers, a geophysicist at Cornell University who uses the tools of earthquake...
South Carolina roads to improve with gas tax funds
News September 19, 2017
South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) officials met with local leaders in the Charleston area to discuss, in specific, how much money is expected to be generated for the region by the state’s new gas tax, and where that money is going to be spent   Following a “fix-it-first” approach...
News September 18, 2017
State DOTs come to the aid of Florida's DOT in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Va.'s I-66 project needs more money from the state, environmental streamlining building steam, and more. To hear our latest podcast, click here.
Damaged I-4 Florida after Hurricane Irma

Image source: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP

News September 14, 2017
Gov. Rick Scott announced yesterday that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved a $25 million Emergency Relief (ER) Quick Release Grant to support response and recovery efforts for Florida’s roadways and transportation system.   This federal funding will be used to conduct emergency...
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Figure 1. The study area in coastal N.H. showing the locations of the five pavement evaluation sites, the magnitude of groundwater rise, the areal extent of the groundwater-rise zone (GWRZ), and the extent of surface-water inundation with 6.6 ft of sea-level rise.

Article September 07, 2017
The rate of sea-level rise caused by climate change is predicted to accelerate as warming ocean waters expand and water is added from melting land ice.   The rising sea level makes maintaining road infrastructure near the water increasingly challenging. Street flooding in many coastal communities...
ODOT RIVM program
Article September 07, 2017
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) manages the seventh-largest highway system in the U.S. This means maintaining not only 43,000 lane-miles of roadway, but also over 100,000 acres of surrounding greenspace.    ODOT’s Office of Statewide Planning and Research, along with a technical...
MnDOT automated vehicle location
Article September 07, 2017
Mowing is a vital roadside maintenance activity for public agencies, yet it can be perceived as a routine, ordinary task.   Nonetheless, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) recently enhanced its mowing operations in the Metro District by utilizing Automated Vehicle Location (AVL)...
Hurricane Irma heading towards Florida
News September 07, 2017
Every stretch of South Florida's highways is being closely monitored, as the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is making sure any accidents get cleared up as quickly as possible and all lanes on I-95 stay open in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.   There's a steady traffic flow on South...
woven snow fence
Article September 06, 2017
According to the University of Minnesota, the topography and winter climate for a large portion of the Land of 10,000 Lakes causes the state to be particularly vulnerable to blowing and drifting snow on roadways.   This reality puts a particularly heavy burden on the state’s winter maintenance...
snow covered street
Article September 06, 2017
For winter maintenance agencies, snow and ice control is a vital function of their work to provide safe road conditions to the traveling public.   Effective and efficient snow-and-ice-control operations can result in significant economic, environmental and social benefits, so agencies strive to use...
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