December 2016 Vol. 24, No. 4

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Snow & Ice Control

New Snow & Ice Control Guidebook from LRRB
The new Snow & Ice Control Guidebook from the Minnesota LRRB summarizes common snow and ice control tools and introduces the field of winter maintenance to operators and managers.

Model snow and ice management policy aims to limit liability risk
An advisory committee of snow and ice manage­ment professionals from around Minnesota has developed a new resource: the Minnesota Model Snow and Ice Management Policy.

Clear Roads synthesis: GPS/AVL equipment
Clear Roads researchers developed an equipment guide that describes how winter maintenance agencies are cur­rently using Global Positioning System and automatic vehi­cle location technology.

Snow & ice control training from CTAP
The Circuit Training and Assistance Program offers training options related to snow and ice control.


Insights on sign and sign post installation
Keith Knapp, the director of Iowa LTAP, and Mark Vizecky, MnDOT State Aid program sup­port engineer, share their insights on signs and safety.

‘Road diet’ guide aims to reduce collisions and congestion
The FHWA Safety Office developed a Road Diet Informational Guide that includes safety, operational, and quality-of-life considerations from research and practice as well as design guidance.


Evolving pavement rehabilitation technologies
Experts in bituminous and concrete pavement rehabilitation discuss advances in pavement rehabilita­tion technology

Pothole repairs with taconite last longer
University of Minnesota Duluth researchers developed two improved options for pothole repair that are ideally suited to Minnesota’s cold and wet conditions.

McLeod County uses cement-stabilized FDR in pilot project
The county determined that a cement stabilized with full-depth reclamation had the best potential for improving a road within cost con­straints and public acceptance.

LRRB Spotlight

Brochure looks at policies related to farm equipment on roads
A four-page brochure from the LRRB’s Research Implementation Committee takes a look at the history and current status of Minnesota policies related to implements of husbandry on roadways.

Local OPERA Project: Urban snow support vehicle
The City of Golden Valley Street Maintenance Division fabricated a flatbed hook body that uses the SwapLoader sys­tem to transport equipment and tools for a variety of snow and ice control tasks.

More from the LRRB
Recent publications from the Minnesota Local Road Research Board


Minnesotans receive honors from APWA
The American Public Works Association – Minnesota Chapter received six national awards.

Information Services

The Shelf
Recent publications from various sources

New instructional video: spreadsheet tool for flashing yellow arrows
A new instructional video guides practitioners through the use of a spreadsheet tool that can help determine when it’s safe to use flashing yellow arrows for permitted left turns.

Workshops and Training

Summer camps introduce the next generation to transportation
Anoka County and Golden Valley hosted field trips this past summer.

More word fun! Lead vs. led
“Lead” vs. “led.”

Settle in & catch up on your online training!
Cold winter days are a great time to make progress on your training to-do list.

Puzzle: A-mazing winter maintenance
Find your way back to the shop in this a-mazing puzzle.