APWA Book Review

Urban Snow & Ice Control
86 pp * 2005 * APWA * Bruce Florquist

Snow and ice control isn't a full-time responsibility, but when it's needed it demands your full attention. This publication focuses on successful operations and techniques in urban snowfighting so that your citizens can reach their destinations with less risk and inconvenience. It should be read by managers and elected or appointed officials who have control over the budgets of those agencies and departments that are dedicated to the task. It is hoped that readers will find at least one new idea, product, or procedure that their agencies have not used before.

Included in this manual are sections on planning, public relations and public education, relative merits of various snow melting and traction techniques, and a comparison of and selection procedure for chemicals. There are also sections on snow moving and removal, cleanup after storms, equipment maintenance, blowing and drifting snow, and other items of interest to the winter maintenance managers, operators and technicians.

Divided into eleven chapters, this publication includes:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Chemistry and Physics
  • Chapter 3: Planning
  • Chapter 4: Selection of Chemicals
  • Chapter 5: Effects of Wind
  • Chapter 6: Snow Removal and Hauling
  • Chapter 7: Corrosion and Damage
  • Chapter 8: Equipment
  • Chapter 9: Education
  • Chapter 10: Weather Prediction
  • Chapter 11: Winter Survival Techniques

According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), more than seventy percent of the roads in the United States are located in snowy regions that receive an average of five inches or more of snow per year. Using those parameters, nearly all of the roads in Canada meet this qualification. Although there has been a recent migration to the desert, or the Gulf States, almost seventy percent of the U.S. population lives in these "snowy" regions. Snow and ice on roads, streets and highways extract a heavy toll in terms of human life, injury and maintenance. The FHWA attributed 1,100 deaths and 95,000 injuries to accidents on snowy and slushy pavements in 2001. Approximately eighty percent of those casualties occurred during snowfall or sleet.

It is estimated that in the U.S. alone, state and local agencies spend $2.3 billion on snow and ice control operations annually. Maintenance and repair to vehicles, equipment, and infrastructure damaged by snow, ice, and chemicals extracts a significant toll also.

Be sure to order your copy today so that you have the latest information on snow and ice control! For more information on purchasing this book and other American Public Works Association books, please visit the APWA Bookstore online at /bookstore or call the Member Services Hotline at (800) 848-APWA, ext. 5254.