The New York State Thruway Authority is gearing up for winter, outfitting all of its plows with GPS devices and erecting a dozen real-time weather stations.
The installation of GPS units on the plows will "not only provide improved real-time reporting of conditions, it will enhance our response to keep roads driveable and ensure motorists are kept safe," said authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll in a news release.
The GPS system will have on-board sensors to report pavement and air temperatures, and tell Thruway officials which sections of the 570-mile highway have been plowed. The units will be installed on all 235 heavy-duty plows by the end of the year, the release said.
The authority will spend $360,000 for the GPS system through a three-year contract with AT&T, said Thruway spokesman Jonathan Dougherty.