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MDOT looking for "Road Watchers" in the northern Lower Peninsula

Contact: James Lake, MDOT Office of Communications,
 LakeJ1@michigan.gov
989-732-3832, ext. 343
Agency: Transportation

Fast Facts:

- MDOT is seeking "Road Watchers" to report on winter highway conditions in the northern Lower Peninsula.
- Volunteers will be polled about highway conditions following winter storm events.
- Comments gathered will be used to more efficiently deploy winter maintenance forces and identify best practices.

November 5, 2013 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) wants to know how well it's maintaining northern Michigan highways in the winter, and is asking you to let us know.

MDOT will be recruiting "Road Watchers" in the northernmost 24 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:
- I-75 from Grayling to Gaylord in Crawford and Otsego counties
- M-32 from Alpena to Vienna in Alpena and Montmorency counties
- M-72 from Kalkaska to Acme in Kalkaska and Grand Traverse counties
- US-31 from Chums Corners to 14th Street in Grand Traverse County
- US-10 from Scottville to Ludington in Mason County
- M-115 from M-37 to the Clare county line in Wexford and Osceola counties

MDOT will compile 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.

"Winter maintenance is a difficult task, and MDOT garages, counties and cities working on state highways do a great job," said MDOT North Region Associate Engineer for Operations Bill Wahl. "We're looking for objective information from motorists so we can do even better."

Road Watchers will be 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.

To volunteer, visit www.michigan.gov/roadwatchers.  

MDOT says: Drive like you want to make it home tonight.

Related Documents
North Region Road Watchers Map - 516422 bytes PDF icon



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