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October 2020

Episode 42: What’s up with the weather?

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What is El Nino and how do the Tradewinds influence the weather on the east coast? We’ve all heard the terms atmospheric rivers, the polar vortex, Siberian Express and others, but what are they really.  SICOP Talks Winter Ops sits down with Mike Alger, Chief Meteorologist at KTVN, 2 News in Reno, Nevada to talk about what these weather phenomena really are, what sets them in motion, and what do they mean for the maintenance crews.

Mike is no stranger to winter highway maintenance. Many years ago when the Nevada DOT began creating their Road Weather Information System network and the precursor to 511, Mike provided a conduit and explanations to his viewers on the RWIS information and road weather forecasts to improve winter-time commutes in northern Nevada.   Find out more about Mike at 

Listen in as Mike Alger gives us some insight into these and other weather phenomena maintenance wrestles with every winter.

Episode 41: The latest word on alternate methods for deicing

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There are many different alternative methods and equipment available to perform winter maintenance. In this episode Laura Fay from the Western Transportation Institute at the University of Montana talks about a recently completed project for the Clear Roads Pooled Fund Study dealing with Alternative Methods for Deicing. This project helps maintenance managers dealing with snow and ice obtain a better understanding of the performance and impacts of various alternate methods through case studies.

Listen in as we discuss this project Laura Fay. If you would like to learn more about this project and its final report follow this link to the Clear Roads website for this project or contact Laura Fay at

Webinar: 5th State Showcase – Successful maintenance training in a virtual environment

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We’ll probably all agree that in person training is preferred and the social networking with colleagues is an added benefit. However, in todays environment of social distancing, instructor lead training in a face-to-face setting isn’t happening and the only way to continue developing our workforce in a formal setting is by utilizing virtual content delivery. In this 5th State Showcase webinar Susan Baillargeon of Front Range Community College and Nancy Laffey of Applied Pavement Technology present their views on what it takes to deliver successful content to maintenance workers in a virtual environment. George Walker (Maryland DOT), Don Strange (City of Highland Village, Texas) and Rob McArthur (Douglas County Colorado Public Works) provide their insight into being a successful student on virtual training.

CLICK HERE to view Nancy Laffey’s presentation on the NHI Maintenance Leadership Academy and Nevada LTAP
CLICK HERE to view Susan Baillargeon’s presentation on the Highway Maintenance Manager degree program