New equipment on plows to help clear snow from NYS Thruway

New equipment on plows to help clear snow from NYS Thruway

With the winter season on New York's doorstep, the state Monday approved the purchase of an enhanced Global Positioning System (GPS) for snow plows on the New York State Thruway.

According to the Thruway Authority, the GPS enhancements on 235 heavy-duty plows will allow for real-time monitoring during plowing operations, including route tracking, air and pavement temperature sensors and de-icing material application rates for each truck involved in storm response.

“The Thruway Authority does everything necessary to keep roads clear of snow and ice during winter storms, and this advanced GPS technology will not only provide improved real-time reporting of conditions, it will enhance our response to keep roads drivable and ensure motorists are kept safe,” Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said. “The Thruway Authority and its dedicated employees are well-prepared for this upcoming winter season and are ready to deploy even before the first flakes start falling.”

The new equipment will be installed by AT&T and is expected to be fully installed by the end of this year.

In addition, the Thruway Authority is currently installing 12 Mesonet snow measurement weather stations that will allow for real-time snowfall rate monitoring.

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