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Aurora Cost Benefit for Weather Info in Winter Maintenance

Started: March, 2007 Ended: March, 2009 Project ID #4W1576 Status: Completed

Objective

This project provided a current benefit-cost assessment for weather information on winter maintenance.

Abstract

Transportation agencies rely on accurate weather information to ensure the safety, mobility and productivity of winter highways, where the driving conditions are often worsened by inclement weather. The benefits of accurate weather information are evident when contrasted with costs of inaccurate weather information such as excessive use of chemicals and materials, failure to respond in a timely manner to a storm event and unplanned use of overtime staffing. Research regarding the potential benefits of improved weather information was conducted in the early 1990s by the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP); however, winter maintenance practices have evolved since that time. The current project will update and build upon work completed in the SHRP project and evaluate the benefits and costs of weather information for winter maintenance. The results of this assessment should help transportation agencies to guide and direct future investment in weather information services and technologies.

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Sponsors & Partners

  • Iowa Department of Transportation (IowaDOT) Sponsor
  • Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) Co-Sponsor
  • Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Co-Sponsor
  • Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Co-Sponsor
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) Co-Sponsor
  • New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Co-Sponsor
  • North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Co-Sponsor
  • Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Co-Sponsor
  • Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Co-Sponsor
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (Penn DOT) Co-Sponsor
  • Quebec Ministry of Transportation Co-Sponsor
  • Swedish Road Administration Co-Sponsor
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Co-Sponsor
  • Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Co-Sponsor
  • Virginia Department of Transportation Co-Sponsor
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Co-Sponsor

Part of: Winter Maintenance and Effects

Project Tagged In: winter maintenance, Road weather information systems, benefit-cost analysis

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