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Dubuque unveils live snowplow tracking site

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The city of Dubuque launched a new tool Wednesday morning for drivers. It's an interactive map that tracks the live progress of snow plows on city streets.

The city has been using the GPS technology in its snowplows since 2006 to keep tabs on snow removal and ice control progress, but Wednesday marked the launch of this online map for the public's use.

John Klostermann, the city's street and sewer maintenance supervisor, said the online map isn't perfect just yet but it works and the technology will continue to improve in coming months.

The tool runs through Google Maps. It shows how recently each Dubuque road got plowed and lets people view separately the status of residential roads and primary/secondary roads.

The map got a test run Wednesday with a light morning snowfall, but Klostermann said that was pure coincidence.

"We actually presented it to council last night and it was all preset, and by dumb luck we got the snowfall this morning," he said at his office Wednesday.

The big goals behind the map are to help drivers determine their commute and hopefully be a benefit to people new to the city.

Klostermann said Dubuque's public transportation system may see a similar live tracking map in the future.

Klostermann said it's important to note this is simply a snow plow tracking map and not a road condition or pavement condition map like the ones on the Iowa Department of Transportation's website.

To see the city's snowplow live tracking map, click HERE.

The city's winter weather response information is HERE.

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