An automated web-based management tool that helps winter maintenance decision makers efficiently utilize salt resources saves Iowa $2.7 million per year.

A report from the Clear Roads collaborative research program.

Iowa; United States

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Spreading salt on road surfaces is one of the primary means for removing and preventing accumulation of snow and ice. The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) has a new management dashboard that helps winter maintenance decision makers efficiently use salt resources. The "Salt Dashboard" is an automated web-based tool that compares the amount of salt used by each garage to targets based on salt application rate guidelines, weather information, lane miles, and level-of-service expectations. The Dashboard can also provide analysis on a district or statewide level.


Iowa DOT reported that after the agency started using the Salt Dashboard in 2012, the state saves more than $2.7 million annually on salt.

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Iowa's Salt Dashboard Helps Garages Use Salt Efficiently

Published By: Clear Roads - Research for Winter Highway Maintenance

Source Date: 01/08/2019



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Benefit ID: 2019-01418