Crow Wing County snowplow tracker now available
Crow Wing County residents can now track county highway department snowplows on county roads during winter snow events.
The “Where’s My Snowplow?” link is a web-based map activated during snow events. It uses GPS to track the 15 county snowplows and show their current locations. The map tracks in near real time and updates every 5 minutes during snow events.
“We are excited to introduce this to the public. It is a great online tool to help residents and motorists see first-hand where county snowplows have recently been and anticipate when a particular road will be plowed,” Highway Maintenance Supervisor Jory Danielson stated in a news release.
County crews plow around 550 centerline miles of county roadways and many require multiple passes because of the width of the roads. The First and Second Assessment districts (FAD and SAD) equal about 63 miles and the plowing is contracted out.
“Some of the most frequent questions we get are ‘Where are the plows and when will my road be plowed?’ This tool will help residents understand where we are and how we are working to keep the traveling public safe,” Danielson stated.
The FAD and SAD roads will not be seen in the “Where’s My Snowplow” link. Routes can be viewed at https://bit.ly/3lFFAud .
“Where’s My Snowplow?” features:
Location of each vehicle that is currently in use and direction of travel.
Track plows in near real time.
Click or tap on the map to zoom in and move the map on the screen.
The map updates every 5 minutes during snow events.
This information is also useful for county plow crews to make real-time adjustments to plow routes.
To view travel conditions and snowplow info on state highways, check out the Minnesota Department of Transportation website at https://hb.511mn.org .