North Dakota’s department of Transportation says it didn’t hear many complaints about snow removal in areas served by eight shuttered maintenance shops.

To save money, the 2017 Legislature approved a plan by DOT to close maintenance garages in Gackle, Courtenay, Litchville, Fessenden, Finley, New England, Mayville and Starkweather. People in those cities came to the Legislature to protest, saying they would have to wait for snowplows from outside those areas.

'Track a Plow' now available on the NDDOT Website

Jan 18, 2018

The North Dakota Department of Transportation has launched what it calls “Track A Plow.”

You’ll find it on the DOT Web site. It's a pilot program.

"We're showing the public where some selected snow plows are operating, so you'll be able to see their direction and their speed," said DOT State maintenance engineer Brad Darr. "There are little 'bread crumbs' behind it so you can see which direction it's heading."

Darr said 47 of the 350 plows are equipped with the technology. He said the pilot program will last a year, and it could be expanded going forward.