Winter Maintenance

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Spotlight On Winter Maintenance

PWX@Home works around your busy lifestyle. You can choose one afternoon per month to set aside and embrace an all-new virtual learning experience. The second Tuesday of each month from August through July, APWA will unveil education in 12 key public works focus areas. The series features sessions on relevant topics—most of which were selected for PWX 2020 in varying formats to maximize learning and engagement.

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October 13, 2020
1:00–4:30 p.m. CT

Attend three Winter Maintenance sessions for one low price! Registration is $50 for Members and $75 for Non-Members. Registration discounts are available when registering groups and for the entire annual series. Participants are eligible for up to 0.3 CEUs for this program.

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Communicating your Winter Maintenance Plan

Speaker: John Parsons

Discover the ins and outs of the City of London, Ontario’s Winter Operations Plan in this comprehensive education session. The city’s Division Manager of Roads Operations will be on hand to discuss all things equipment, resource, budget, and service level related. Find out how they have managed the expectations of staff and contracted resources while implementing a customer service call tracking system. Attendees will also get a glimpse into how London leverages local media using innovative approaches like inviting local media to their operations yard for Q&A and harnessing the power of social media to provide members of their community with live updates on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (snow removal updates on their Twitter feed alone resulted in 275,084 impressions!).

Proficiency Level: Applied

Learning Objectives:
1. Communicate their winter maintenance plan.
2. Promote their service levels and expectations to the road, sidewalk and cycling community.
3. Develop a communications plan using social media to inspire feedback that can be used to enhance the user experience.

Lessons from the Lab – Enhanced Liquid Deicers

Speaker: Scott Koefod

Plain salt brine is the most commonly used liquid deicer, but agencies often use a variety of more complex brine blends to seek enhanced performance. Field experience is always the ultimate arbiter of effectiveness of any deicer, but it can usually only judge on a coarse, qualitative basis. Laboratory studies permit a more precise understanding of deicer performance properties and can provide valuable supporting information about the effectiveness expected from deicing chemicals. This presentation will focus on what we are learning about the fundamental performance properties of enhanced brine blends under controlled conditions in the laboratory. Topics will include: How do common brine enhancers affect ice melting capacity and rate? Low temperature performance? Pre-wet performance? What is the optimum brine concentration? What causes some brine blends to turn into “mayonnaise” and how to avoid it? Under what circumstances are enhanced brine blends likely to be most useful?

Proficiency Level: Advanced

Learning Objectives:
1. Determine when enhanced brines can provide the most value.
2. Prepare stable brine blends without formation of solids.
3. Select the brine enhancers needed for their particular application.

Pavement Gone to Pot? Patching and Preventing Potholes

Speakers: David Bergner, Mike Hale

Potholes, like cold, snow and ice, come with winter. They are most prolific later in the season as freeze-thaw cycles are the primary cause of pothole formation. Potholes generate the most complaints to transportation agencies about road conditions; they aggravate drivers, cause costly damage to vehicles, impede the flow of traffic, cause accidents due to loss of control or sudden swerving to avoid them, present hazards to pedestrians and those on bicycles and motorcycles, and lead to further deterioration of the roadway. Timely and reliable patching of potholes is vital to restoring safety, mobility and capacity to our streets, roads and highways. Yet many agencies lack the information, training and resources to effectively and efficiently repair these proliferating problems. Aside from traditional methods of throw-and-roll with cold patch and cut-and-fill with hot patch, there are new products and methods that are becoming more cost-efficient. Furthermore, agencies need to focus more on identifying "precursors," those pavement defects that will eventually lead to potholes if not corrected. Most agencies do not have adequate funding for all necessary preventive measures that would mitigate pothole formation. This session will examine pothole formation, review the various temporary and permanent repair methods, describe the different pavement defects that contribute to potholes, and establishing a year-round pothole "find-and-fix" program.

Proficiency Level: Applied

Learning Objectives:
1. Determine what would be the best methods and materials for patching under varying conditions.
2. Explain how and why potholes form.
3. Develop a year-round program of pothole repairs and preventive measures.

SC/RC Perspective On Winter Maintenance

October 7, 2020
Noon1:00 p.m. CT

Preparing Small Cities/Rural Communities for Winter Weather Operations

Speakers: Marc Valenti and Craig Eldred

Winter operations is not limited to snow and ice season.  Preparing for winter weather is a year-round charge for small cities and rural communities.  Connect with panelists to prepare your winter weather operations and equipment in your small city/rural community.

Registration is FREE for Members and Non-Members. You can register for the entire year of programming or by each individual program.

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Third Thursday Advocacy Jam: Winter Maintenance

October 15, 2020
2:303:30 p.m. CT

As public works agencies across the U.S. and Canada begin planning and preparing for winter maintenance, the threat of natural disasters looms large. In addition to snowstorms and other winter weather, different regions of the country can face a wide range of issues including flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, and more. Please join the APWA Government Affairs team and volunteer leaders for an interactive discussion on disaster relief policy, changes to grant programs, and the impact of COVID-19 on emergency management in both the U.S. and Canada. Please come ready with your stories – sharing your experiences with these programs and thoughts on how they might be improved will help APWA’s staff best advocate on your behalf.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Registration is FREE for Members and Non-Members. You can register for the entire year of programming or by each individual program.

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Winter Maintenance Operator Certificate

October 6 and 8
7:30–9:30 a.m. CT

Launched for chapters mid-2019, this is the first time this program will be available to nationally. This four-hour certificate program is targeted towards those staff in the trucks performing winter operations, including operators, crew leaders, and foremen. The program focuses on snow and ice control materials and how they work, equipment, and operations.  

During this program’s national debut, hear from speakers who developed this program, many of whom are current or former operators themselves. The format blends the best of live face-to-face with the convenience of online learning. The workshop will be held over one week, two days a week with two-hour class sessions. Live session dates and times are October 6 and 8 from 7:30am-9:30am Central. Live sessions will be recorded, and participants can either go back and revisit material later or catch up on a session they missed.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the basics of winter operations and apply essential winter operation for operators.
2. Identify common winter materials and how they work.
3. Explain the different winter equipment available and its upkeep and determine the benefits of enhanced communication between fleet personnel and operators.

Introductory pricing is available for this first session: $50 for Members and Non-Members.

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On Demand eLearning Opportunities

Principles of Public Works Operations: Winter Maintenance

This session is designed for individuals that are interested in exploring Winter Maintenance Management, as it applies for those entering the public works industry and those who want to further their professional development. This session provides essential aspects of managing a winter maintenance program including best practices for policy, planning, and procedures. Although this session is primarily focused on winter maintenance program management, an introduction to snow and ice control materials and equipment will also be provided. Real-world examples will be included as key learning examples, as well as a discussion guide to keep the conversation going with your peers after the conclusion of the session.

Note: This session could be considered a prerequisite to the Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate program.

Proficiency Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe essential policy and planning that should guide a winter maintenance program.
2. Recall the basic uses of snow and ice control materials and tactics.
3. Discuss the variety of equipment used within a winter maintenance program.

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Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate — Now Available!

The Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate Program, one of APWA’s most popular programs, is now available in the convenience and ease of an online course. Targeted towards foremen, supervisors, and managers of winter maintenance operations, this certificate program helps those in charge of winter operations understand all facets of what goes into developing and maintaining an effective winter maintenance program.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Expand knowledge of planning and preparation
  • Increase understanding of winter weather and how it affects operations
  • Identify how to better use traditional and alternative chemicals
  • Consider what equipment is available and how to maintain it
  • Expand understanding of snow and ice control techniques
  • Appreciate the environmental impacts of winter maintenance policies
  • Stress responsible application

...resulting in more effective, efficient, equitable and environmentally friendly snow and ice control.

New release pricing: $75 members and $125 for Non-Members.

Participants are eligible for 0.7 CEUs upon completion.

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Winter Operations Summit Recordings

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The APWA Winter Operations Summit, a new three half-day virtual event focused on winter operations education and features 12 presentations provided by industry experts. Included in the program are sessions originally scheduled for APWA's North American Snow Conference on a wide variety of winter planning and operational topics presented by winter maintenance experts and practitioners. Session titles included in the Summit:

  • 15 Year Evolution of a Snow Maintenance Program
  • Putting It All Together: Where are we at with liquids today
  • Ask the Experts Panel
  • COVID-19: Leading People Through Difficult Times Jam Session
  • More Than a Paycheck: Leading People in a Modern Public Works Agency
  • Ohio DOT Perspectives on Winter Maintenance Preparation & Available Resources
  • Operation Procedures to Enhance the Snow Fleet Before the Storms Hit
  • Operational Forecasting for Winter Maintenance Programs Using Machine Learning Pavement Forecasts for Specific Winter Maintenance Strategies
  • Snow and Ice Control - Equipment and Techniques
  • Taking It To the Streets
  • When is Enough… Enough?
  • Evaluating Your Winter Program Jam Session

$85 for Members; $110 for Non-Members

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Members' Library Highlights

Members can access recordings of Click, Listen, & Learn programs, content from past conferences, and specific e-books and publications on demand 24/7 through the Members' Library. We'll feature three exciting programs related to the month's highlighted technical area.

Trending Technologies/Roving Reporter

Trying to keep up with the latest and greatest #trendingtech in public works? You're in luck! APWA is highlighting a new trending technology by way of our Talking Top Tech webinars, Roving Reporter Education Series, and new resources and programs. You can even share your own Roving Reporter videos on social media using #APWARovingReporter.

Talking Top Tech: Technology for Field Crews Edition

Join us for a look at Technology for Field Crews through the perspective of different lenses such as Public Works, Consultants, Industry, and International.

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Career Development/Workforce

Day-in-the-Life Video Contest

Grab your phone and get creative with a video of a day-in-the-life of your public works job. Send us your video for a chance to be highlighted in PWX@Home, the Public Works Operations Series, and for a chance to win prizes.

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Certified Public Works Professional-Supervision (CPWP-S)
The Public Works Professional-Supervision certification is to recognize individuals in the public works field who have the knowledge and experience to supervise areas in a public works organization. It is for public works supervisors, crew leaders and frontline employees ready for supervisory positions.

CPWP-M logoCertified Public Works Professional-Management (CPWP-M)
The Public Works Professional-Management certification is issued to recognize individuals in the public works field who have the knowledge and experience to manage organizations within a public works department. The Public Works Professional-Management certification is for public works managers, superintendents, and supervisors ready for management positions.

Exhibitor Showcase

Check in on our virtual exhibit floor at any time to find the best resources for public works. Our growing exhibitor list will soon include new technology and products introduced in the past year, as well as informational videos and product information.

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Winter Maintenance Resources

PW Self-Assessment: Winter Maintenance Toolbox — Coming Soon
This Toolbox series is your introduction to APWA’s PW Self-Assessment. Each month a new topic will be highlighted through self-assessment checklists, model practices from APWA Accredited Agencies, and educational resources. Self-assessment is a valuable tool for determining how an agency's policies, procedures, and processes compare to recommended practices identified by nationally recognized experts in the field of public works. Public works self-assessment provides opportunities for continuous improvement for your overall operations, ultimately leading to better quality of life for your community.

Publication Highlights

Municipal Snow and Ice Control
This book is for everyone who is involved in snow and ice control in a public agency. It covers materials, application, equipment, weather, and takes the reader from "before the season" to "after the storm" in scope.

Snow and Ice Control: Field Handbook for Snowplow Operators
This field handbook is to help promote the understanding of the tools, best practices and limitations of snow and ice control. It will help you understand when to use and when not to use these tools and practices. In addition, it encourages progressive changes in snow and ice control practices that will help you reduce sand/salt use and lessen environmental impacts while meeting the safety and mobility needs of roadway users.

Committee News

Winter Maintenance is a subcommittee of APWA’s Transportation Committee. The subcommittee’s mission is to promote the development and use of the safest, most cost-effective, efficient and environmentally sensitive winter maintenance technologies, equipment, materials and practices; thus, providing citizens with excellent quality of life during the snow and ice season.