It is no secret that winter maintenance offers up its own set of challenges for contractors. Unpredictable weather, pedestrian safety concerns and reactionary deicing can make snow removal a complicated, slippery mess. Common approaches to winter maintenance such as shoveling, brooming, snowplowing and applying deicing products leave little room for a proactive approach. Even attempts to pretreat with deicing products can easily be thwarted by Mother Nature and pedestrians. A proactive pavement overlay product, however, can provide an effective solution. Designed and created by research scientists at Michigan Technological University’s Keweenaw Research Center, the product is called SafeLane surface overlay, and it is available worldwide for both contractors and municipalities through a licensing agreement with Cargill Deicing Technology.