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(February 22, 2018)

A new feature on the city website gives citizens a real-time progress report on snow operations.

“This is an excellent tool to provide up-to-date information about street conditions in the winter,” said Mayor Jean Stothert.

City snow plows are equipped with AVL technology, Automated Vehicle Location. These plows, mainly single and double axle dump trucks that clear main and secondary streets, are marked on the map with white arrows within black circles. The locations update every 60 seconds.

“Today is a great day to demo this because we have an active operation” said Street Maintenance Engineer Austin Rowser.

City crews have been on a 24/7 schedule since early Tuesday morning and will continue at least through the weekend due to additional snow in the forecast.

Users of the new site can see which streets and neighborhoods have been plowed, where plowing is underway and where plowing has not yet started.

“It’s very important to offer a tool that shows where we are and the status of our operation,” said Rowser.

City plows have been equipped with AVL technology for about ten years; it has been used to monitor and manage plowing operations, and investigate citizen complaints and claims.  The City contracts with Verizon to provide the expanded technology for the public website. The site is also available on smart phones and tablets.

The City also has 20 companies under contract with approximately 175 additional plows to work in residential areas.  These trucks are equipped with GPS but are not yet connected to the new public system.

“We expect this site to evolve,” said Rowser. “Our goal is to have an address lookup so citizens can look up their address and get information about when the plow was on their street.”

The new site is easily accessed on the home page at cityofomaha.org.  Click on DOGIS snow operations on the menu.

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