Originally published by The Aegis on Jan. 23, 2015:
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman is giving residents an opportunity to follow road clearing operations during snowstorms "till the plows come home."
When snow and ice hit Harford County, Harford County plows hit back, clearing county roads to help get citizens rolling. Now, the public can now track those plows in major storms with a new snow plow tracking service developed by the Harford County government, Glassman announced Thursday.
"As my administration asks how we can help our customers, the citizens of Harford County, I am pleased to offer this service for folks to see where our county plows are hard at work. I also want to thank our dedicated employees who advanced my initiative improving service to the public through technology," Glassman said in a statement.
Activated only during major weather events, the Harford County Snow Plow Tracker works on a computer, smartphone or tablet, showing where on the county map the plows have been and, more importantly, where they are now. The color-coded map updates information every 15 minutes:
On the map, red is planned; yellow is in progress; green is completed.
The Harford County Snow Plow Tracker was developed in-house based on GPS technology used to track county trucks. The county service does not track plows on state or municipal roadways, however.
To access the service, go to the Harford County government website, http://www.harfordcountymd.gov, and find the blue and green snow plow icon with the motto "Working Till the Plows Come Home!" Falling snow will appear in the icon when the service is activated for a major weather event.