A Survey of Anti-icing Practice in Virginia

Report No: 98-R19

Published in 1997

About the report:

This study documents the current Virginia Department of Transportation's anti-icing practice so that development of a coordinated statewide plan for implementing anti-icing technology can be considered. The researcher surveyed VDOT managers to determine who is using anti-icing technology. Based upon the results of the initial survey, the researcher conducted follow-up interviews. This report uses anecdotal survey information to assess the effectiveness of various anti-icing techniques used within VDOT. The report concludes that where anti-icing practice has been implemented on a widespread basis, the results validate the findings of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Study TE 28 and the anti-icing experiences of other states. The report recommends that anti-icing practices for snow removal and ice control be implemented statewide for roads with a bare pavement policy. Initial implementation should focus on pre-wetting technology and the timely distribution of weather information to the area headquarters level. Pilot testing of direct liquid application technology should continue. Anti-icing practices that reduce chemical usage and the cost of snow removal and ice control while maintaining or improving level of service should also be evaluated. Finally, an anti-icing training program should be developed and taught statewide at the area headquarters level to facilitate implementation, improve current application and to transfer this state-of-the-art technology to the private sector.

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.


  • Daniel S. Roosevelt

Last updated: December 15, 2023

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