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. 

road flooding
News October 12, 2018
Hurricane Michael has moved through the state of Georgia, leaving damage to homes and businesses, downed trees and power lines, blocked roads and traffic signal outages across the state.   In accordance with Gov. Nathan Deal’s seven-day state of emergency declaration, which was expanded Wednesday...
Iowa DOT set to hire 600 snowfighters
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...
snowplow training

Image: MnDOT

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...
U.S. DOT emergency funding
News September 21, 2018
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the immediate availability of $14 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help restore access to essential roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Florence throughout North Carolina.    The $14 million payment is an...
flooded roadways
News September 20, 2018
North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) engineers have started to assess Hurricane Florence-affected roads so necessary repairs can be made in the hard-hit areas in the eastern part of the state.   State transportation engineers are assessing sections of 72 primary and secondary roads...
Syracuse plans to bolster snow maintenance by adding 20 miles of sidewalk to routing
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...
Hurricane impacts to traffic, roadways
News September 11, 2018
States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia in preparation for Hurricane Florence's arrival, a Category 4 hurricane expected to hit the Atlantic Coast later this week, including evacuation plans and transit cancellations for some.   An evacuation of South...
DC snow plan
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.

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...
Variable speed limit warning sign
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.

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
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
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...
SH 6 in Harris County from Clay Road to I-10

About a mile of SH 6 in Harris County from Clay Road to I-10 was covered with up to 7 ft of water for two weeks due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Article September 04, 2018
Just when you think you’ve seen everything, along comes a game-changing storm like Hurricane Harvey.   No one in Texas had ever seen that much rain. On Aug. 30, 2017, a rain gauge near Cedar Bayou, Texas, measured 51.88 in. of rainfall. That broke a record for the continental U.S. set in 1978....
asphalt maintenance
News August 27, 2018
A Louisiana State University (LSU) team’s work with a shape memory polymer could potentially not only save the state’s roads but also money and time, according to a post from the school's College of Engineering.   In 2009, LSU Mechanical Engineering Professor Guoqiang Li received a grant from the...
WSDOT preventive maintenance study
News July 30, 2018
A six-year study of hot-mix asphalt preventive maintenance techniques conducted by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) indicates that a range of treatments can effectively extend pavement life—using a combination of crack sealing, chip sealing and dig outs—for five years or...
Completed CC8 invert rehab, with sealed edges
Case Studies July 24, 2018
On highway M-20, east of New Era, Mich., a 70-ft metal plate arch culvert was experiencing moderate to severe section loss in the invert from corrosion and abrasion. The steep decline in condition due to corrosion was attributed to the intermittently flowing creek and the invert’s frequent exposure...
ODOT road work

ODOT was able to merge 25 years of road and bridge work into just four due to innovative financing.

Article July 05, 2018
OHIO: A fantastic fury Bill Wilson, Editorial Director   Located in northwest Ohio, the city of Toledo has just as many University of Michigan devotees as it does Ohio State University fans.   The area is used to times of fury, but non-stop for four years straight? Hard to imagine, but it is all...
Michael Sweeney, HNTB
Article July 02, 2018
With continued partisan gridlock in the U.S. Congress, it has been difficult for meaningful federal transportation initiatives to roll forward–and progress is likely to remain stalled until 2019 or later. President Trump admitted as much in a late-March speech when he predicted, “You’ll probably...
S.R. 30 Pennsylvania recovery
News June 26, 2018
On April 7, a significant landslide resulted in the closure of Pennsylvania S.R. 30 in Allegheny County. The route is a principal artery to Pittsburgh and supports more than 22,000 vehicles per day. The slide demolished one apartment building, severely damaged another, and impacted a single-family...
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