Highway Maintenance Concept Vehicle Final Report: Phase Three, 2001

(2001) Highway Maintenance Concept Vehicle Final Report: Phase Three, 2001. Transportation, Department of

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Abstract

This report documents Phase III of a four-phase project. The goals of the project are to study the feasibility of using advanced technology from other industries to improve he efficiency and safety of winter highway maintenance vehicle operations, and to provide travelers with the level of service defined by policy during the winter season at the least cost to the taxpayers. The results of the first phase of the research were documented in the Concept Highway Maintenance Vehicle Final Report: Phase One dated April 1997, which describes the desirable functions of a concept maintenance vehicle and evaluates its feasibility. Phase I concluded by establishing the technologies that would be assembled and tested on the prototype vehicles in Phase II. The primary goals of phase II were to install the selected technologies on the prototype winter maintenance vehicles and to conduct proof of concept in advance of field evaluations planned for Phase III. This Phase III final report documents the work completed since the end of Phase II. During this time period, the Phase III work plan was completed and the redesigned friction meter was field tested. A vendor meeting was held to discuss future private sector participation and the new design for the Iowa vehicle. In addition, weather and roadway condition data were collected from the roadway weather information systems at selected sites in Iowa and Minnesota, for comparison to the vehicles' onboard temperature sensors. Furthermore, the team received new technology, such as the mobile Frensor unit, for bench testing and later installation.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Benchmarks, Cost effectiveness, Evaluation, Field tests, Friction, Highway maintenance, Level of service, Maintenance equipment, Pavement maintenance, Private enterprise, Prototypes, Road weather information systems, Sensors, Snow and ice control, Technology, Temperature, Vehicle maintenance, Vehicles, Weather, Winter maintenance
Subjects: Transportation > Pavements
Transportation
Transportation > Research
Transportation > Environment
Transportation > Environment > Weather and climate
Transportation > Equipment
Transportation > Maintenance and preservation
ID Code: 21256
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 05 Jan 2016 14:23
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2016 14:23
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/21256