I’m sure we are all happy to finally be turning the corner into Spring! I wanted to take a moment and share some information from VDOT about their Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) system which has proven to be a positive addition in the Northern Virginia (NOVA) snow removal program in the 2012-2013 snow season.
This AVL system was a new web tool that showed the status of plowing in northern Virginia neighborhoods. If it snowed at least two inches, residents could find out the status of plowing in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William county neighborhoods at http://novasnowplowing.virginia.gov.
VDOT organized northern Virginia streets into 600 “snow maps” which were assigned to plow drivers. The maps enabled users to find out the progress of snow-plowing in their neighborhood via a color-coded key.
• Green indicated a neighborhood has been plowed,
• Yellow meant plows were in progress in the neighborhood,
• Blue indicated plows have not yet started the neighborhood; and,
• Gray meant the area is not maintained by VDOT. Cities, towns and some developments maintain their own roads.
This year’s test run has proven to be a success and VDOT will continue to use the AVL system for the next winter season. For more information, you can visit the NOVA snow plowing website at: http://novasnowplowing.virginia.gov.
Although we didn’t have much snow this winter, this system proved to be helpful when trying to estimate the time of snow removal. I look forward to seeing how this system continues to benefit our community in the future!