MDOT looking for northern Michigan Road Watchers

LANSING, MI – Though winter is curiously absent so far, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is bringing back its “Road Watchers” program in the northern Lower Peninsula for when the snow returns.MDOT

For a third year, MDOT is recruiting returning and new “Road Watchers” in the northernmost 21 counties in Lower Michigan to participate in periodic surveys measuring winter highway conditions during the 6-9 a.m. commuting period on some key routes in their area:

–        M-72 from Kalkaska to Acme in Kalkaska and Grand Traverse counties

–        US-131 from Manton to Kalkaska in Wexford, Grand Traverse, and Kalkaska counties

–        US-131 from Mancelona to Petoskey in Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet counties

–        US-23 in Alcona and Alpena counties

“We received so many reports from our volunteers last year, and lots of excellent suggestions – information we used to improve our winter maintenance efforts,” said MDOT North Region Associate Engineer for Operations Bill Wahl. “We’ve selected some new routes this year so we can put that information to use in other areas as well.”

MDOT compiles the survey results to track winter highway conditions with the goal of improving winter maintenance practices and response time. Surveys should only take a few moments to complete.

Road Watchers are polled randomly for each storm event and asked to participate in an online Survey Monkey survey about the road conditions they encountered. All results will be anonymous.

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