More Articles for winter maintenance

FHWA research could improve visibility, safety for snowplow operators

Amanda Bayhi - Jun 11, 2014

FHWA research could improve visibility, safety for snowplow operators

Imagine clearing the roads in the thick of winter. The weather produces whiteout conditions and there is no visibility, yet your crew is able to safely remove snow and allow people, goods and services to begin moving again. That may soon ...

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How one city used technology and training to cut its salt budget

Tina Grady Barbaccia - May 06, 2014

How one city used technology and training to cut its salt budget

West Des Moines, Iowa, has implemented new technology and boosted its training efforts throughout the past few years to radically reduce the amount of deicer materials required to achieve desired and expected levels of service through use of advanced spreader ...

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It’s a Snow Celebration at the Horseshoe Casino

Tina Grady Barbaccia - May 05, 2014

It’s a Snow Celebration at the Horseshoe Casino

Although I’m betting most of us are happy to see the crazy winter weather have gone away (it snowed into mid-April in the Chicago area!), when you get winter maintenance folks and snowfighters together, you have to have a celebration ...

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Snow and Ice Control Equipment and Techniques for Snowfighters

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Apr 11, 2014

Snow and Ice Control Equipment and Techniques for Snowfighters

Through some trial and error in storage, different application equipment and roadway applications, one city’s continued use of liquids has evolved into innovative treatment methods. Last month, Better Roads covered how professional-grade salt-brine making, blending and truck loading systems are being ...

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Learn how to provide safe roads while keeping water clean

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Mar 24, 2014

Learn how to provide safe roads while keeping water clean

It’s no secret that winter maintenance has an impact on freshwater systems – i.e. salt and chemicals getting into watersheds. But winter maintenance is necessary, so it is important to understand the best practices for moving ahead with snow and ...

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Spring is here, but effects of winter weather linger

Amanda Bayhi - Mar 20, 2014

Spring is here, but effects of winter weather linger

Today marks the first day of spring, but that doesn’t mean transportation agencies are done battling winter’s harsh effects on the roads. The past few months brought freeze-thaw cycles that scarred roads with potholes and winter storms that called for more ...

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Henderson BrineXtreme produces salt brine in a mobile machine

Amanda Bayhi - Feb 21, 2014

Henderson BrineXtreme produces salt brine in a mobile machine

Henderson Products’ new BrineXtreme mobile salt brine solution produces professional grade salt brine no matter the location. With an ability to work in temperatures as low as -6 degrees F, the machine can perform pre-storm applications that prevent snow and ice ...

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6 Tips For Taking Proper Care of Your Vehicle This Winter

Contributed - Feb 17, 2014

6 Tips For Taking Proper Care of Your Vehicle This Winter

Winter weather can be hard on your car. No matter what kind of car you have or where you live, winter temperatures and the other elements that come with winter (snow, ice, mud, sand and salt) can be extremely damaging ...

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iPhone app helps Iowa DOT clear snow from roads

Amanda Bayhi - Feb 11, 2014

iPhone app helps Iowa DOT clear snow from roads

New technology could help could help one agency more effectively clear snow from roads. The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) has been testing the use of cameras in snowplows to help the agency get a better idea of how much ...

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Ford to offer snow plow prep option for 2015 F-150 4x4s

Amanda Bayhi - Feb 11, 2014

Ford to offer snow plow prep option for 2015 F-150 4x4s

Ford is simplifying snow removal with its 2015 F-150. The manufacturer will offer a snow plow prep option for all all 2015 F-150 4x4s with a 5.0L V-8, our sister site, Hard Working Trucks, reports. The light-duty snow plow prep option will ...

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VIDEO: Tow plow jacknifes on demand, revolutionizes MoDOT snow removal

Amanda Bayhi - Feb 07, 2014

VIDEO: Tow plow jacknifes on demand, revolutionizes MoDOT snow removal

Last month, during heavy winter storms, two plows traveled down Highway 61 in Missouri, clearing snow from three lanes of traffic. The plows -- a tractor plow followed by a massive tow plow -- gained good roadway coverage with just one ...

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14 Apps to Help You with Snow Removal

Amanda Bayhi - Feb 07, 2014

14 Apps to Help You with Snow Removal

The recent winter storms have required several agencies to get creative with their snow and ice removal. Last month, we asked you to share your stories, photos and videos that show how you’re battling the extreme winter weather. (You can see ...

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