Evaluation of Weather Forecasting Services for the Iowa Department of Transportation

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

START DATE

11/01/02

END DATE

11/30/03

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, CTRE, CWIMS
SPONSORS

Iowa Department of Transportation

Researchers
Principal Investigator
Stephen Andrle
Co-Principal Investigator
Dennis Kroeger

Transportation Research Specialist

About the research

The objective of the evaluation of the weather forecasting services used by the Iowa Department of Transportation is to ascertain the accuracy of the forecasts given to maintenance personnel and to determine whether the forecasts are useful in the decision-making process and whether the forecasts have potential for improving the level of service. The Iowa Department of Transportation has estimated that the average cost of fighting a winter storm to be about $60,000 to $70,000 per hour.

This final report is to provide an evaluation report describing the collection of weather data and information associated with the weather forecasting services provided to the Iowa Department of Transportation and its maintenance activities and to determine their impact in winter maintenance decision-making.

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