Weather has broad and significant effects on the roadway environment. Snow, rain, fog, ice, freezing rain, and other weather conditions can impair the ability of drivers to operate their vehicles safely, significantly reduce roadway capacity, and dramatically increase travel times. Multiple roadway activities, from roadway maintenance and construction to shipping, transit, and police operations, are directly affected by inclement weather.
Some road weather information is available to users currently, however a disconnect remains between current research and operations, and additional research could yield important safety and economic improvements for roadway users. Meteorology, roadway technology, and vehicle systems have evolved to the point where users could be provided with better road weather information through modern information technologies. The combination of these technologies has the potential to significantly increase the efficiency of roadway operations, road capacity, and road safety. Where the Weather Meets the Road provides a roadmap for moving these concepts to reality.
Table of Contents
|2 The Road Weather System of the Future||25-32|
|3 Current Meteorological and Transportation Activities Relevant to Road Weather||33-75|
|4 Opportunities to Enhance the Road Weather System||76-126|
|5 Implementing Improved Road Weather Research and Management Programs||127-152|
|Appendix A: Statement of Task||163-166|
|Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff||167-172|
|Appendix C: Presentations to the Committee||173-174|
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