Classification and comparison of snow fences for the protection of transport infrastructures

L.A. Sañudo-Fontaneda, D. Castro-Fresno, J.J. Del Coz-Díaz, J. Rodriguez-Hernandez

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Blowing snow or sand transport generates serious problems, such as transport infrastructures buried under snow or sand, in many parts of the world. Some of the most important problems that snow and sand storms can cause include drivers trapped on the roads, indefinite traffic delays, accidents, and isolated populations. Snow fences provide a solution to this problem because they hold back the snow, preventing displacement and wind-induced drifting. In this way, they reduce these problems on transport infrastructures and improve visibility, providing safer driving conditions. In this review, a classification is proposed of snow fences into three basic types: earth, structural, and living snow fences. Among the structural fences, nonporous and porous snow fences are distinguished. The different possibilities in terms of the placement of snow fences are also analyzed. Finally, different types of snow fences have been compared under design, construction, and operation criteria. This review can provide initial guidelines for technicians to choose the best snow fence for blizzard conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cold Regions Engineering
Issue number4
Early online date18 Jun 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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  • Fences
  • Sediment transport
  • Sand (hydraulic)
  • Traffic accidents
  • Transportation networks
  • Sandy soils
  • Snow
  • Comparative studies


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