BACKGROUND: The AASHTO Guide for Snow and Ice Control was published in 1999. This guide was intended to provide a training tool to help operators, supervisors, and managers select and implement methods or technologies to effectively deal with snow and ice conditions and provide road users with safe conditions and timely information to make trip decisions. However, substantial changes in the state of practice of snow and ice control have occurred since the publication of this guide as a result of advancements in plowing equipment, materials handling and storage, communications, technology, strategies, and other aspects of snow and ice control and management. Also during this period, substantial research on the different aspects of snow and ice control operations has been performed. Because of these changes as well as the environmental implications, budgetary and work force constraints, and the relevant research findings, there is a need to produce a guide that recognizes these issues and provides updated information and guidance on all aspects of snow and ice control operations. Such a guide will help highway agencies and other organizations address relevant issues and perform snow and ice control operations more effectively.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this research was to develop a guide that will serve as the primary source for guidance on all aspects of snow and ice control operations. The guide was intended for adoption/publication by AASHTO and will supersede the 1999 AASHTO Guide for Snow and Ice Control, and other guidance on snow and ice control operations.
STATUS: Research is complete. Final deliverable included (1) a Guide for Snow and Ice Control Operations and (2) a final report that summarizes the work performed in the project. The guide has been provided to the AASHTO Committee on Maintenance for consideration and adoption as the second edition of AASHTO Guide for Snow and Ice Control Operations. The contactor's final report is available at https://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/docs/NCHRP_06-18_Final_Report.pdf