Understanding the True Cost of Show and Ice Control

Status:  Complete
Report Date:  01/26/2014


Understanding the True Cost of Snow and Ice Control (10-03) was a Clear Roads research project to identify methods to better manage winter maintenance, identify the cost of winter maintenance, and more effectively communicate its true cost. Through the analysis of existing state winter maintenance data and research, this project resulted in a report documenting the research results and recommendations for improved data collection, and the True Cost Tool. The True Cost Tool is innovative Excel based tool that can be used to collect winter maintenance data, store data entered for future analysis, and provide quick estimates and comprehensive summaries of costs by lane-mile and level of service achieved on maintained roadways. It also has supporting tools that allow users to compare storm events and costs, and supports what-if scenario testing. This tool is a prototype of a proposed future web-based tool for broader use.

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