Snow beginning to fall in the Midwest has brought with it that unmistakable sound of snow plows during the early morning hours. With snow season officially here (and more snowfall expected this weekend), making sure plow routes are efficient and accessible for drivers in your community is essential.
GIS can help your plow drivers and residential drivers in many ways. Of course, utilizing GIS to find the most efficient, fastest routes will result in quicker snow removal and happier residents. With that efficiency comes an added bonus of cost-savings; the less time and resources spent plowing, the more resources are available for other municipal expenses. Finally, making sure plow routes are easy to access and efficient means less time on the road for plow drivers, thus decreasing the danger of plow drivers who are fatigued, other drivers, and pedestrians.
Luckily, R/M’s GIS team has a Snow Plow Route Tool that can easily be implemented into your community’s GIS! Leave us a comment or reach out to your GIS rep for more information!