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City launches winter snow plow tracker website

A snow plow works clear IndianRoute 249 Portage. | Michael Gard~For Sun-Times Media

A snow plow works to clear Indiana Route 249 in Portage. | Michael Gard~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 3, 2012 2:21PM



The city on Tuesday announced the launch of chicagoshovels.org, a website that will help Chicago residents with winter preparedness, including a GPS function to track snow plows and a program to help share shovels.

The site features the real-time “Plow Tracker” to monitor the progress of the city’s snow plows, a volunteer “Snow Corps” program and links to winter web apps, a release from the mayor’s office said.

The city is also launching an “Adopt-a-Sidewalk” shoveling initiative where Chicago residents can soon visit the site and sign up to be a part of the program, the release said.

The site is aimed at bringing together the city and public resources to help residents and businesses organize and participate in neighborhood-level activtiies.

The sidewalk program will connect neighbors and businesses in shoveling efforts and will also allow for the groups to share shovels. Users near their home or business can claim the sidewalk on an interactive map. Users can also share various snow items.

The snow plow tracker program will let the public track the progress of city snow plows to make snow removal efforts “more transparent,” the release said.



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