The Delaware Department of Transportation has released an addition to its smartphone app so users can track snowplows and snow accumulation.
The snowplow tracker shows users where plows are operating throughout Delaware to help ease confusion and frustration during a snowstorm.
♦ To download the free DelDOT app, search for "DelDOT" at the Google Play and Apple stores. On the web there is an interactive map at www.deldot.gov.
Gene Donaldson, the director of the Transportation Management Center, said the tracker will only be activated during winter storms and will drop inactive plows from the screen.
"All of our 330 plows have this tracking software installed," Donaldson said. "The public will only see the trucks that are in motion, whether they are actively plowing or salting, or perhaps in transit to an assigned location so they can begin plowing and salting elsewhere.”
Donaldson said plows dropped from the screen include those idle or stopped for more than 10 minutes, which could be caused by meals, restroom or rest breaks, mechanical issues, driver changes, reloading with salt or fueling.
The state hopes to continue improving its snow removal services to aid residents and municipalities. Over the next year or two, Donaldson said DelDOT would like to see the app indicate whether a truck is plowing, salting or driving to another location.