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MDOT looking for road watchers during wintry commutes

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Once again, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking “Road Watchers” to report on winter highway conditions in Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties. MDOT is recruiting volunteers who travel on selected US, M and I routes in these counties to help measure how well the roadways are maintained following winter storms. Comments gathered will be used to improve winter maintenance.

MDOT is looking for Road Watchers to monitor the following highways during morning commutes:

  • I-96 throughout Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent, and Ionia counties
  • US-131 throughout Montcalm, Kent, and Allegan counties
  • I-196 throughout Kent, Ottawa, and Allegan counties
  • US-31 throughout Muskegon, Ottawa, and Allegan counties
  • M-6 throughout Kent County

“Motorists offer valuable insight with their unique perspectives,” said MDOT Grand Region Associate Engineer for Operations Tom Tellier. “Perceptions vary greatly and we hope many will volunteer and share their commuting experiences to bolster our winter maintenance efforts.”

MDOT will compile the survey results to track winter highway conditions with the goal of improving winter maintenance practices and response times. 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. To volunteer, visit www.michigan.gov/roadwatchers.

Download MDOT’s Mi Drive traffic information app: www.michigan.gov/drive.

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