Cleveland snow plow crews getting first big test with new tech

CLEVELAND (WJW) – The snow moving in will create the first big test for Cleveland plow crews using turn-by-turn technology as they plow your streets.

The new technology is aimed at making sure plow drivers don’t miss any streets. They’ve practiced with it, and now they’ll use it in a snowstorm.

Weeks ago, the I-Team gave you the first look at how Cleveland plow drivers this winter will start to use GPS systems to guide them on every turn on every route.

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The city had been using paper maps until last year.

Crews then started using electronic maps and the turn-by-turn guidance is a new step to make sure your street gets plowed.

Earlier, Cleveland Public Works Director Frank Williams told us, “It eliminates the missed street. Where that typically happens is when you have a shift change, a driver did not finish a route, but then, another driver picks up. But, there’s a disconnect of where that driver left off.”

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For the incoming storm, the I-Team will also be watching the city’s plow tracker website. That should allow anyone to see where plows are at any given moment. Last year, the system ended up bogged down in technical problems. The city has promised to have it back up and running.

Taxpayers will decide how well the plowing goes as they are the city’s toughest critics.

One watchdog told us, “I’m going to be watching every storm. They know I’m watching. It’s no secret that I’m watching.”

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