New technology improves winter road response

Published On: Feb 27 2013 03:28:37 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 27 2013 05:11:44 AM EST
ROMULUS, Mich. -

Wayne County’s new high-tech system is helping them keep roads safe during this week’s snowstorm.

When Wayne County workers tackle icy and snowy conditions on roads this winter their work can be watched by their bosses and by the public.

We have 19 trucks that have cameras installed on the passenger side. This way people can go onto our compass system, which is,  and they can do a virtual drive-along with our trucks," said Cindy Dingell, of the Wayne County Department of Public Service.

The trucks also have dash-mounted cameras. Residents can check the condition of roads right from their computer or smartphone.

"And they can take a look and see where our guys have been and what roads have been treated which will help them as they plan their routes in the morning," said William Bantom, deputy director of the county's road maintenance.

Images of the roads are updated on the website every 2 or 3 seconds. The same information is being examined on a 10-by-4-foot screen at a new command center in Romulus.

"We're able to see on our maps the next closest trucks in the area that may need help and we're able to dispatch them very quickly," said Dingell.

Drivers can still report road hazards the old fashioned way by calling 888-ROAD-CREW. Wayne County believes the new technology is helping its communications and gives the public to watch their progress in real time.

"Transparency becomes an issue when you have something to hide. But since we don't have something to hide I think transparency all it does is show people that we're really doing what we say we're doing," said Bantom.


The views expressed below are not those of Click On Detroit, WDIV, or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus