Chicago Makes Improvements to Real-Time Snow Plow Tracking
The ability to track city of Chicago snow plows online will be improved this winter.
Residents can now track snow removal on a larger map and view the direction of travel for all snow removal vehicles in real-time. Tracker users can also more easily read current snow conditions and view snowfall totals for individual storms and the entire winter.
“The Plow Tracker tool is an important component of the city’s communication with residents throughout the winter season,” says DSS Commissioner Charles Williams. “The Department worked closely with (Department of Innovation and Technology) to enhance the Plow Tracker tool to provide much needed information to residents on citywide snow removal operation.”
The real-time Plow Tracker is activated during large snow storms. The tool allows residents to follow snow plows once they begin snow removal from arterial and neighborhood streets.
Snow Plow tracker launched in 2012 in conjunction with ChicagoShovels.org, a site dedicated solely to the massive job of removing snow in Chicago.
Along with Plow Tracker, the site connects volunteers to residents in need of snow removal service and residents that wish to adopt neighborhood sidewalks and pledge to keep them clear of snow.
To find out when the Snow Plow Tracker has been activated during a large storm, follow the Mayor’s Office Twitter account at @ChicagosMayor and the Department of Streets and Sanitation's Twitter account at @StreetsandSan.