The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) has announced a new winter weather resource. Officials say thanks to their online Plow Tracker, commuters will be able to get a view of the roadway from plows actively working to remove snow. going online at: https://plows.nebraska.gov/index.html.
The system works as a complement to the Nebraska 511 system, which informs travelers of road conditions throughout the state. Plow Tracker shows NDOT plow trucks on the highway through an interactive map. In addition, motorists will be able to view the roadway from the plow driver’s perspective through forward-facing dashboard cameras.
Plow Tracker automatically refreshes information every minute, providing timely information regarding our snow removal operations. Plow trucks will be visible when on NDOT-maintained snow removal routes as designated by a blue line. Roads without the blue line are the jurisdiction of county or local entities for snow removal. You can access the Plow Tracker here.
Director Kyle Schneweis says that implementing the Plow Tracker gives Nebraskans an additional tool to help them before they head out the door. “This is just another example of the innovation we use to help our customers make engaged and informed decisions about their travel during inclement weather.”
NDOT Operations Manager Tom Sands say the tracker will serve as a supplement to the current 511 system. “Many other States are using similar technology and found it extremely helpful to their users. We have no doubt the citizens of Nebraska will find similar usefulness in making travel decisions during the winter months. Motorists should be aware that weather conditions are often worse than they appear on the dash cameras. In addition, please remember the views from the cameras only show a portion of the roadway. Conditions may be significantly different through a stretch of highway.”
As always, travelers are urged to be alert, be aware and check the most up to date weather and travel conditions available through 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Traveler Information System. The system is available at all times via phone by dialing 511, online at www.511.nebraska.gov/