, Former Sr Dir, Tech Assist, Center for Transportation Studies
The purpose of this field handbook is to help promote the tools, best practices, and limitations for snow and ice control. Also, the handbook will help to understand when to use and when not to use these tools and practices. It encourages progressive changes in snow and ice control practices that will help reduce salt/sand use and environmental impacts while meeting the safety and mobility needs of roadway users. Improved practices such as anti-icing, prewetting, and pretreating are emphasized in this field handbook. Included are standard best practices expected in a quality snow and ice control program. A blanket approach will not work for the broad range of conditions Minnesota experiences; different strategies are needed for different regions and different conditions. We encourage continued testing, documentation, and refining of the practices from this field handbook.