Snow and Ice Pooled Fund Cooperative Program (SICOP)
Rick Nelson, SICOP Coordinator
From time to time SICOP is asked to determine the state of the practice through both quick and more complete surveys of states. Responses are always voluntary and the results of these surveys are listed here.
Many agencies are experiencing greater than normal vacancy rates for snowplow operators. This survey from January and February 2022 captures a glimpse of the situation experienced from 115 agency respondents made up of State DOTs and local units of government.
Many agencies with overlapping operational boundaries have utilized shared facilities to the mutual benefit of all. This quick paper outlines some elements of shared facilities.
In April 2015 Clear Roads project 113-04: Best Practices for the Prevention of Corrosion on Vehicles and Equipment Used By Transportation Agencies for Snow and Ice Control. This survey aims to reveal how the implementation of these best practices is progressing.
In late 2016 – 2017 a question was posted to the EMTSP List Serve asking what is the cost of a typical tandem axle snow plow with a wing plow. SICOP captured the responses in a document that might be of interest to the broader winter maintenance community.
In 2016 a question was posted to the EMTSP List Serve asking who had experience with Bi-directional Tow Plows. SICOP captured the responses in a document that might be of interest to the broader winter maintenance community.
In 2013 SICOP began a project to select the Top-10 Activities that Constitute a World Class Winter Maintenance Program. A survey to determine the state of implementation of these activities was conducted and the summary of results is listed.
A request to determine what states utilize AVL in their snow plow fleet was conducted. The summary of results is listed.
In anticipation of the winter 2015-16 which anticipated a significant influence by the weather phenomenon El Niño, a survey was conducted to determine what steps, if any, State DOT’s were taking in preparation. The summary of results is listed.
Upon the conclusion of winter 2014-15, which was a particularly difficult winter for the northeast, a survey was conducted to determine the level of effort expended in response to the winter’s events. The summary of the results is listed.