Iowa State, Iowa DOT looking at heated pavement

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Roadways can turn hazardous and deadly during winter’s wrath, and a project under way in Iowa is looking at one possible solution: Heating the pavement.

The Ames Tribune reports that the Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa State University are working together on heated pavement technology.

ISU engineering professor Halil Ceylan is also director of the Institute for Transportation’s program for sustainable pavement engineering. He is principal investigator of the heated-pavement project, which began as class project.

Lab tests and studies began in 2013. The first testing was at the Des Moines Airport.

That caught the attention of the Iowa Department of Transportation, which along with the Highway Research Board, now provides funding for the study.