Winter Highway Construction

by F. Lawrence Bennett, Univ of Alaska-Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Research on Transportation Facilities in Cold Regions


The purpose of this paper is to describe a study of the feasibility of constructing highways in the wintertime in cold regions. The study, sponsored by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, investigated current practice in other states, provinces, and countries as well as in Alaska. The results will be used to suggest practices that might be adopted in Alaska. The study consisted of three parts--a review of the literature of cold weather highway research and practice, a study of the cold weather aspects of highway construction specifications from several states, provinces and foreign countries, and a series of interviews and questionnaire surveys with Alaskan highway construction contractors. Constructing highways in the wintertime can be expected to involve additional costs, compared to similar construction under milder conditions. However, there may be advantages to building in the wintertime, as well.

Subject Headings: Infrastructure construction | Winter | Public buildings | Soil analysis | Concrete construction | Frozen soils | Compacted soils | Construction methods | Alaska | United States

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