DOT launches winter road maintenance system

| 1/2/2003

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration announced Dec. 30 a new and more sophisticated weather information tool, the Maintenance Decision Support System, to help road-maintenance managers predict the impact of adverse winter weather conditions and plan treatment.

"Having access to proper weather and road-condition information before and during adverse winter weather conditions will help transportation system managers take appropriate measures to keep roads open," FHWA Administrator Mary E. Peters said.

The system uses the latest weather-forecasting techniques to recommend maintenance alternatives and show their resulting benefits, which will enable highway departments to deploy snowplows, use chemicals and improve road conditions more effectively.

Although it was designed to respond to the needs of state departments of transportation, the Maintenance Decision Support System and other resources are available on the FHWA's Road Weather Management Web site at