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Publication Number:  FHWA-RD-99-158    Date:  July 1999
Publication Number: FHWA-RD-99-158
Date: July 1999


Heated Bridge Technology - Report on ISTEA Sec. 6005 Program

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This report summarizes the experiences of agencies in five states that designed, constructed, and operated heated bridge deck surfaces for the control of snow and ice accumulation. The work was conducted as part of the Applied Research and Technology (ART) program (section 6005) of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991. The ART program provided funding to accelerate the testing and evaluation of new technologies that are intended to increase the durability, efficiency, productivity, environmental impact, and safety of highway, transit, and intermodal transportation systems. Heated Bridge Technologies (HBT)—deck surface heating systems designed to prevent snow, ice and frost accumulation on bridge decks—was a component of this program. Only bridges that were eligible for replacement under the Bridge Rehabilitation Program (23 USC 144) were considered for ART program funding. Funding was provided during fiscal years 1992 through 1997. The program goal was to demonstrate durable, environmentally friendly technologies that promote effective reduction of the slippery conditions on bridges caused by ice and snow without use of chemical applications.

L. David Minsk


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