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Snow and Ice Removal in an Urban Environment


  • Thomas M. Cook

    (The University of Tulsa)

  • Bradley S. Alprin

    (The University of Tulsa)


Although important answers regarding the efficient removal of snow and ice reside in the domain of good planning and the behavioral sciences, the primary thesis of this paper is that cities can significantly improve their snow and ice removal operations by improving the routing of salt spreader trucks. A dynamic routing heuristic totally different from the static routing in general use was developed. The value of this heuristic was demonstrated to the satisfaction of city officials using a discrete simulation model of a large midwestern city. In addition, the simulator was used to answer questions of salt pile location and equipment configuration and location. Although applied to only one city, this routing heuristic, together with the simulation approach, is of potential value to all city governments that experience snow and ice emergencies.

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  • Thomas M. Cook & Bradley S. Alprin, 1976. "Snow and Ice Removal in an Urban Environment," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 23(3), pages 227-234, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:23:y:1976:i:3:p:227-234

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    1. Muyldermans, L. & Cattrysse, D. & Van Oudheusden, D. & Lotan, T., 2002. "Districting for salt spreading operations," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 139(3), pages 521-532, June.
    2. Campbell, James F. & Langevin, André, 1995. "Operations management for urban snow removal and disposal," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 29(5), pages 359-370, September.
    3. Labelle, A. & Langevin, A. & Campbell, J. F., 2002. "Sector design for snow removal and disposal in urban areas," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 36(3), pages 183-202, September.

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