ANNAPOLIS (ANN) – With the chance of some Winter Weather in the forecast for the start of the week, Anne Arundel County has announced that snow plows will now be trackable during snow events. The county’s Department of Public Works launched a new tracking system that allows the public to track snow and ice removal efforts online. All county and contractor snow removal vehicles are now equipped with an Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system that will be monitored by county officials during weather events at https://511portal.com/annearundel
“This is an exciting step in our efforts to bring information to the public and keep our constituents informed,” said County Executive Steuart Pittman. “This technology will help motorists avoid dangerous situations by providing real-time road condition information during storms. The AVL system will also enhance employee safety, improve our response times, and manage our resources to better serve our citizens.”
The AVL system will automatically determine and transmit the location of snow removalvehicles. Anne Arundel County has more than 250 contracted plow trucks supplementing 74 county plows available for snow or ice events. DPW officials use the new system to monitor road conditions and to review data on the effectiveness of their plowing strategy during challenging weather conditions. The information will be posted to the public tracking progress of roads plowed.