By Associated Press - Friday, February 23, 2018

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Omaha officials have unveiled a new online map that tracks snowplows and updates residents on which streets have - or have not - been cleared.

The city revealed the online map Thursday. The map is color-coded by street and neighborhood, and updates every minute. It also allows residents to compare neighborhoods.

“Status we feel like is very important, location of trucks showing that they’re out throughout the city and all locations,” said Austin Rowser, who’s in charge of plowing for the city. “So, those are kind of the key messages that we’re looking to communicate with this system.”

He said the map shows residents that the city’s effort is evenly distributed.

“These are the key messages we are looking to communicate,” Rowser said.

Rowser said he would also like residents to have the ability to check a specific address for when a plow was last in that area.

“It’s an idea for our technical team to start working on,” he said.

City Council Vice President Chris Jerram has long pushed for publishing snowplow tracking data. He said he’s pleased to see that such a feature has been implemented.

Seventy-five percent of the city’s 100-plus trucks have the tracking technology installed.

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