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ATAC Research Project
Evaluation of North Dakota's Fixed Automated Spray Technology Systems

Completed: Oct 2009

This study evaluated the NDDOT's two existing FAST systems, which will assist in determining if additional systems are feasible. The study had three main objectives: 1) describe how the FAST systems work; 2) document how the current NDDOT FAST systems perform related to treating the bridge decks, and 3) analyze the benefits and costs of the systems.

The two ND FAST system installations appear to be working as intended based on feedback from NDDOT – Fargo District staff and the results from the benefit-cost analyses. Several factors contribute to these successful systems, such as selecting appropriate locations for FAST systems (primarily based on winter crash data); and having knowledgeable and dedicated staff for assisting in the design and implementation of the system, monitoring its operation, and performing the required maintenance procedures.

Keywords: anti-icing, winter maintenance, Fixed Automated Spray Technology, ITS Evaluation

Final Report

Author: Shawn Birst and Mohammad Smadi
Completed Report: DP-219

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050