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Weather Forecasting Strategies for City and County Road Maintenance Operations


This report describes the impacts of weather on roadway maintenance activities, with a focus on cities and counties, as obtained from interviews with road maintenance supervisors. The report further describes weather information technologies currently being used or investigated for use to reduce the impact of weather on maintenance activities and to reduce the costs of those activities. Recommendations presented include: implementing road weather information systems through interjurisdictional and interagency cooperation through the development of a regional staff weather advisory function; instituting a multi-agency weather "interest group"; documenting the societal benefits and costs of snow and ice control maintenance; developing guidelines for contracting for road weather information systems; and testing the utility to road maintenance organizations of a weather radar at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.


  • Date Published: January, 1990
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 212.1
  • Last Modified: September 25, 2007
  • Author: S. Edward Boselly.
  • Originator: The Matrix Management Group.
  • # of Pages: 51 p., 1,660 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Costs, County roads, Highway maintenance, Meteorological phenomena, Meteorology, Recommendations, Road weather information systems, Snow and ice control, Urban highways, Weather, Weather forecasting.
  • Keywords: Highway maintenance, weather impacts, meteorology, snow-and-ice control, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
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This abstract was last modified April 29, 2008