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According to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), state and local governments typically spend more money on highway maintenance than any other public purpose. The FHWA recommends state and local governments use recycled highway materials in pavement construction and repair to cut down on cost, in addition to a variety of environmentally-friendly reasons. 


A survey conducted by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and the FHWA found that the use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and reclaimed asphalt shingles (RAS) saved state and local governments about $2 billion in 2013 compared to the use of virgin materials.

 

When it comes to snow and ice on roads, having a good plan in place prior to winter can reduce costs, as well as the likelihood of unpleasant surprises. The American Public Works Association says that a good snow and ice control plan includes policies and procedures for the following: storm warning notification; personnel scheduling; mobilization; snow and ice control material guidelines and application; equipment preparation; equipment calibration; snow route assignment; material loading; spreading and plowing; snow storage plan; snow operation damage; and parking control.


Preparation for snow and ice control begins well in advance of the winter season. During the off-season, make sure snow and ice control vehicles and equipment are inspected and maintained. Personnel should be trained in the operation of equipment and in the concepts behind winter control measures related to the use of equipment and application of materials.

 

Neighboring governments can cut down on the cost of equipment by pooling resources like salt trucks, bull dozers and dump truck. The Auditor of State’s Office offers a tool called ShareOhio that has already led to significant savings for Ohio’s local governments. 

 


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