Civil and Environmental Engineering


Date of this Version

Spring 4-27-2015


Albers, T. P. D., II, Best Practices For Winter Maintenance Roadway Deicer Applications in the State of Nebraska. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska, 2015.


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science, Major: Civil Engineering, Under the Supervision of Professor Christopher Tuan. Lincoln Nebraska: April 2015

Copyright (c) 2015 Tregan P. D. Albers II


The cost of deicing chemicals is a significant part of the Nebraska Department of Road’s winter maintenance budget. The objectives of this research are to review literature to determine current winter maintenance practices, analyze and present information gathered in a survey of winter maintenance professionals across Nebraska, and correlate this information with data obtained via MDSS (Maintenance Decision Support System) software to determine current practices being used in the state of Nebraska. Best practices for winter maintenance deicer applications for rural city and county officials in Nebraska are recommended. An explanation of the development of the survey that winter maintenance crews participated in is provided. Cost estimates for different practices are provided.

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