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Road Weather Information Systems: Enabling Proactive Maintenance Practices in Washington State

Description: Washington State Department of Transportation's (WSDOT's) "rWeather" program has significantly integrated and expanded the capabilities of road weather information systems (RWISs) in the state, enabling proactive winter maintenance practices and better-informed winter travel decisions. The report reviews the potential benefits of a comprehensive, integrated RWIS, including cost-efficient snow and ice control strategies and improved safety and mobility. Use of, and attitudes toward, RWIS by WSDOT maintenance personnel are examined, and barriers to the expanded use of RWIS technologies are identified. Public response to the rWeather traveler information website is evaluated. Recommendations are presented for more fully utilizing RWIS capabilities.

  • Date Published: March, 2002
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 529.1
  • Last Modified: May 4, 2007
  • Authors: Catherine Bradshaw Boon, Chris Cluett.
  • Originator: Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
  • # of Pages: 126 p., 1,164 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Attitudes, Highway safety, Maintenance personnel, Mobility, Public opinion, Recommendations, Road weather information systems, Snow and ice control, Traveler information and communication systems, Utilization, Websites (Information retrieval), Winter maintenance.
  • Keywords: Highway communications, Road Weather Information System, RWIS, winter maintenance, snow and ice control, traveler information.
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This abstract was last modified April 29, 2008