The State of Utah expanded the number of weather station installations as a result of hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics. During the Olympics, a report on hazardous weather potential was issued twice each day for the primary transportation corridors. After the Winter Olympics concluded, these efforts developed into a Utah Department of Transportation (DOT) effort called the Weather Operations/Road Weather Information System (RWIS) program. This program assists the agency's operations, maintenance, and construction functions by providing detailed, area specific weather forecasts. The case study describes a benefit-cost model that used winter maintenance cost data from Utah DOT maintenance sheds for 2004 to 2005 winter to estimate the cost-effectiveness of the Utah DOT Weather Operations/RWIS program.
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