Maintenance Operations

Maintenance Operations

Reducing Fuel Used by Winter Maintenance Vehicles

Each year, MnDOT plowing operations use over 1M gallons of diesel fuel, at a cost of over $2M. Technology that is currently installed on our plows has the potential to increase the efficiency of plowing operations, reduce fuel use, and save the agency money. • New telematics technology installed on many plows allows us to evaluate the plow’s engine performance, fuel consumption, and other parameters, according to ...more »

Submitted by (@timothy.sexton)

Idea Submitted by : Bob Ellingsworth, Joe Huneke, and Tim Sexton

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : MnDOT Office of Maintenance and Environmental Stewardship

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : MnDOT Office of Maintenance and Environmental Stewardship

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

The results have the potential to increase the efficiency of plowing operations, reduce fuel use, and save the agency money.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : Joint MnDOT/LRRB Research

Idea Status (this will be updated by the moderator) : Need Statement #489

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Salt applications and alternatives for snow and ice control by local agencies

Road salt, which is especially effective for controlling snow and ice, has been identified as a pollutant that kills roadside vegetation and contaminates the water in nearby ponds, lakes, and streams. The challenge has been to find ways to reduce salt use without compromising road safety. Fortunately, there are a number of options available, though finding and implementing the best ones can be difficult, especially for ...more »

Submitted by (@lrrbmetrofocusgroup)

Idea Submitted by : LRRB Metro Focus Group

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Tracey Von Bargen - Grant County

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

• reduce negative impact to environment

• address chloride impairment in waters

• save time and money

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : LRRB Research

Idea Status (this will be updated by the moderator) : Need Statement #504

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Salt Reduction Research - Chloride Capture

MnDOT District One uses on average 40,000 tons of salt per year. To create a visual, this equates to over 1,000 semi loads of material or which would stretch over 20 miles if parked end to end. One table spoon of salt will contaminate 5 gallons of fresh water. Since Northeastern Minnesota is near one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world, Lake Superior, we should be concerned about reducing the long term potential ...more »

Submitted by (@duane.hill)

Idea Submitted by : Duane Hill

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : District 1

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Duane Hill

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

MnDOT is committed to being a leader in finding ways to reduce the amount of chloride entering the environment while still providing safe winter driving road conditions for Minnesota. The benefit will be long-term sustainability of our economy and natural water resources.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : Joint MnDOT/LRRB Research

Idea Status (this will be updated by the moderator) : Need Statement #511

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Salt Reduction Implementation - Alternative De-Icer

MnDOT District One uses on average 40,000 tons of salt per year. To create a visual, this equates to over 1,000 semi loads of material or which would stretch over 20 miles if parked end to end. One table spoon of salt will contaminate 5 gallons of fresh water. Since Northeastern Minnesota is near one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world, Lake Superior, we should be concerned about reducing the long term ...more »

Submitted by (@duane.hill)

Idea Submitted by : Duane Hill

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : MnDOT District One

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Duane Hill, District Engineer; Steve Lund, MnDOT Maintenance Engineer, Perry Collins Distriict One ADE, Operations, Chris Cheney, MnDOT D1 maintenance superintendent

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

Reduce the environmental impact of chemical use in snow and ice operations.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : MnDOT Implementation

Idea Status (this will be updated by the moderator) : Implementation plan and funding request has been written for TRIG consideration

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