Exploring Ways to Prevent Bonding of Ice to a Pavement

Report No: 98-R18

Published in 1998

About the report:

The objective of this study was to explore all possible means of preventing ice from bonding to pavement. New technologies, including new chemicals, new means of application, pavement conditioning, and timing of chemical application, were explored. The researcher recommends that (1) maintenance personnel at all levels be trained in anti-icing operations; (2) weather forecasting be an integral part of the anti-icing program to enhance the success of anti-icing; (3) liquid chemicals and prewetted salt be used to achieve maximum anti-icing benefit; and (4) anti-icing experiments be conducted with prewetted chemicals, liquid chemicals, and finer salt gradations than are currently used.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • David C. Wyant

Last updated: December 15, 2023

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