New guide to managing highways in extreme weather

12/01/2012
Highways Reporters

A new online guide to help engineers manage and reduce disruption during adverse weather conditions has been launched by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

The best practice guide draws together in one place, research and guidance from across the industry to help municipal and highway engineers take informed decisions.

It offers advice on predicting and responding to events, managing traffic to avoid grid lock, salt reserve and treatment strategies right through to communicating with the public and managing expectations.

To help keep the guide keep on top of new ideas and share experience, the ICE is inviting highway engineers to send examples of good engineering practice in their local area, or ways that engineers have helped overcome a particularly difficult weather related scenario to transport@ice.org.uk .

Damian McGettrick from ICE’s Municipal Expert Panel, said: “The bouts of extreme weather seen over the last few years has resulted in widespread disruption to the transport network and has a significant impact upon commerce.

"Such incidences have also identified some areas in the supply chain that are in need of improvement."

He added: "This online resource provides a great ‘one stop shop’ for the engineers managing our critical road transport infrastructure in the face of adverse weather conditions.

"It will help them in making informed decisions and also give them access to other information, literature and best practice from right across the industry.”

The guide is available free of charge at: http://www.ice.org.uk/extremeweatherguide .

 
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