Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Civil Engineering - Cooperative Education

Research Sponsor

William Schneider, Ph.D., P.E.

First Reader

David Roke, Ph.D.

Second Reader

Ping Yi, Ph.D., P.E.


The city of Akron experiences several hundred crashes each winter season due to winter road and weather conditions. The winter maintenance practices of the city follow a guide by the Salt Institute that uses a combination of plowing and salting to clear the roads. This paper provides an understanding of winter maintenance from its beginnings to present day and will discuss how certain practices came to be. Looking at three other cities across the United States with similar characteristics in size or snowfall amount show many similarities with a few new concepts that Akron can consider (e.g., better communication via app with citizens and private contractors) and see if they are applicable to their situation. How citizens can be better equipped to handle the changing road conditions and the rules/practices behind studded tire use in Ohio will be addressed. Research being done on different chemicals placed on the roads as well as different types and mixes of road material will provide ideas and concepts for the city to consider and possibly incorporate into the future practices of the city of Akron.



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