Colorado Public Works Journal, Summer 2023

32┃ Colorado Public Works Journal WEDNESDAY, 9/27 Everything You Always Wanted (Needed) to Know about Mag Chloride and Calcium Chloride for Winter Maintenance Presented By: Mike Coffey, EnviroTech Services There is a lot of emphasis on salt brine as an effective anti-icing tool, but it’s not the only anti-icing liquid available to snowfighters. Magnesium and calcium chlorides offer lower operating temperatures and faster melting than salt brine. And lower application rates make them key tools for sustainable snowfighting operations. Traffic Incident Management During Winter Operations Presented By: Patrick Chavez and Steven Gillespie, CDOT Traffic Incident Management (TIM) responders—including fire, police, ambulance, transportation, and towing and recovery professionals—work together to help motorists, and to clear incidents safely and quickly. This session will highlight recent incident response challenges and the collaboration used between agencies to meet them, with real examples from winter operations, and potential solutions for your team. Major Sponsor Showcase: Winter Equipment - Why Change Blades? // 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Afternoon Tracks // 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Lessons Learned Roundtable - “Ask an Expert” Moderated By: Austin Rowser, City of Omaha and Wilfrid Nixon, Professional Snowfighters Association Sometimes it is not clear what we should do in a given winter operations situation. This is your chance to pose your puzzles, tricky situations and challenges to a panel of experts to see what ideas they might have. On the Cutting Edge Presented By: Allison Madison, Wisconsin Salt Wise From experimentation with various blade technologies, to pushing past the “limits” in pre-wetting rates, Wisconsin municipalities are innovating snow-fighting solutions that minimize the use of chlorides. Hear their stories, and share what’s cooking at your agency, as we all work towards a smarter salting future. Introduction to Snowplowing Presented By: Josh Sutherland and William Heath, CDOT We’ll Look at the fundamentals of snowplow operations, methods, safety, and goals—including how removal of snow and ice from the highways, public streets, public parking lots, and other public areas is an emergency operation that takes precedence over other non-emergency work. Major Sponsor Showcase: Dawson IS - Above and Below: Protecting Infrastructure and the Surrounding Environment Through the Use of Street, Storm, and Sewer Equipment and Technology // 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Afternoon Tracks // 3:25 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. Leadership Matters: How to Make a Difference for Your Agency Presented By: Jason Sakalaskas, Alaska DOT and Sarah Schacher, Michael Baker International With so much competition to be an employer of choice among a limited pool of experience and talent, leadership in your organization can be the reason people stay or move on, impacting retention and overall engagement and productivity, not to mention the high cost of the ‘revolving door.’ Find out why everyone can be a leader at all levels in an organization, and why a focus on leadership will pay dividends to your agency—now and into the future. Use of New Technology in Plowing Operations Presented By: Bret Hodne, City of West Des Moines; Mark DeVries, Vaisala Learn about advancements in equipment, constantly changing technology, and programs agencies use to optimize winter operations—including new innovations, advancements in existing programs, and recent changes in our industry. Advanced Snowplowing Presented By: Josh Sutherland and William Heath, CDOT This session will go more in-depth into snowplowing techniques, technology, deicers, and equipment. You’ll learn how to understand the storm, how to react, and methods to maximize efforts on the road. Major Sponsor Showcase: EnviroTech Services // 3:25 – 4:25 p.m. Prize Drawing in the Exhibitor Hall // 4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. “Blades Up” Social Sponsored by 4Rivers Equipment // 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.