Managing Winter Road Conditions

Monitoring the current conditions on roadways nearby and remote motorways is critical to performing winter maintenance operations. Ministries of transportation, departments of transportation, cities, counties, and townships all have a need to monitor road weather conditions.

Reliable and accurate information is key, and the Vaisala road weather products provide solutions that meet your needs to keep the roads safe, reduce operational costs, and make your job easier. Vaisala offers decision support systems and services, as well as fixed and mobile road weather stations and sensors that are customized to monitor winter road conditions.

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Know Exactly What is Going on With Your Roads

Road weather stations or Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS) monitor winter conditions such as:

  • Ice or snow formation
  • Frost on bridges
  • Black ice or refreezing of moisture
  • Depth of water or snow
  • Friction or grip
  • Chemical concentration
  • Freeze point of solution on the surface

New road to efficiency: How Edinburgh saved 22% in costs

Like many city governments, Edinburgh used a “one forecast fits all” approach to de-icing during
winter conditions. If freezing was expected, city teams laboriously salted all 650km of the city’s priority road network. Read more on how Edinburgh moved past “one forecast fits all” and saved 22% in costs.

Webinar: A new season for winter road maintenance

From small towns to large DOTs, winter road maintenance is evolving — but what does that evolution mean to operators and managers? How can you best apply new technologies and practices to improve efficiency while also ensuring your community is safe?

Register now to hear the Mark DeVries speaking in the webinar: “A new season for winter road maintenance: Trends and technologies that matter most today”

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Interested in Ground Transportation in general?

Road weather technology has as many uses as there are weather conditions, from having accurate data about the road surface, like snow and ice to wind, sand storms or flooding. Vaisala road weather solutions monitor roadways for specific parameters you need to know, to take action or warn travelers.  All decisions, whether human or automated, are based on accurate and reliable measurement data, so ensuring your road weather data is key.