The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking “Road Watchers” to report on winter highway conditions in MDOT’s Grand Region, which includes: Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties. MDOT is recruiting volunteers who travel on 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 Kent and Ionia counties
- I-96 from US-31 to the Ottawa/Kent county line (Muskegon and Ottawa counties)
- US-131 throughout Kent County
- I-196 throughout Kent and Ottawa counties
- M-57 from US-131 to M-91 in Greenville (Kent and Montcalm counties)
- M-37/M-44 (East Beltline/Broadmoor avenues) from Caledonia to West River Drive/Cannonsburg Road (Kent County)
- US-31 from Jackson Avenue in Grand Haven to I-96 (Ottawa and Muskegon counties)
“We receive so much valuable information from motorists each winter that we wanted to make it official and encourage more,” said MDOT Grand Region Associate Engineer for Operations Tim Little. “This area is notorious for lake-effect snow and we’ll use all the data we can to improve our winter maintenance efforts. We hope many travelers will volunteer and share their commuting experiences.”
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.