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Severe Weather Index

Started: February, 2018 End Date: June, 2020 Project ID #4W7118 Status: Ongoing

Objective

The objective of this project is to develop a severe weather index for the Maryland Department of Transportation (DOT).

Abstract

A challenge that many state DOTs face is the accurate assessment of winter maintenance operations. One tool that has been successfully used by DOTs is the severe weather index (SWI), which can assess the performance and related costs associated with winter maintenance operations. It considers the relative severity of each weather event, and relative severity of weather for that season. The objective of this project is to develop a severe weather index for Maryland DOT by region, Maintenance Shop, and winter storm event. The larger goal is to use the developed SWI to determine if costs incurred during each event and winter are reasonable, as well as if the resources deployed and contracted amounts are also within reason.

Contacts

Sponsors & Partners

  • Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Sponsor

Part of: Winter Maintenance and Effects, Cold Climate Operations & Systems

Project Tagged In: weather severity, winter maintenance

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