MDOT launches plow tracker tool

(WOOD)— Drivers in southwest Michigan will no longer need to guess if state roads and highways are clear of ice and snow before they head out the door.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has launched a new online tool that tracks state plow trucks.

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The map is focused on MDOT’s Southwest Region, which includes Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties.

As part of the pilot program, each of MDOT’s 80 plow trucks is equipped with GPS technology.

Trucks traveling faster than 10 miles per hour within 50 feet of a state road will appear on the map.

Some plows are also equipped with cameras that will display images of the roads as they are cleared.

The new map is visible on the Mi Drive website.

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