FAST Technology for Icy Conditions

Fixed Automated Spray Technology Photo Goverment of Canada

Fixed Automated Spray Technology Photo Government of Canada

You have to hand it to the Europeans.  The installation of this Fixed Automated Spray Technology system on the ramp from the 401 to the 416 near Prescott has brought to zero the weather-related accidents on this strip.  Its nearness to the  St. Lawrence river exposes the ramp to high winds and moisture, causing ice to form there before it accumulates on other parts of the highway, especially since it is raised.  In the first winter, accidents were common, but this spray system, embedded in the road, sprays a de-icing chemical when the complex sensor system detects the right conditions for ice accumulation.

This Federal Government Site provides further information on background, cost, environmental data and benefits.

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