Snow Resource Center
Overview
 

About the Snow and Ice Control Program

On average, the City of Pittsburgh gets about 41 inches of snow every winter. Safely navigating our city during winter weather events is everyone’s responsibility and the City of Pittsburgh strives to do it’s best to keep us all moving and to help Pittsburghers connect with neighbors in need.

During a snow and ice event, the City’s main goal is to keep vehicular traffic moving on Pittsburgh's 1,031 miles of streets plus the trails and neighborhood steps. To accomplish this goal, our Department of Public Works' fleet is equipped with plows and computerized salt spreaders.

The Department of Public Works treats roadways according to street classifications that help make road treatment efforts more efficient.

  • Meet Public Safety Needs:  Maintain passable roadways to hospitals, schools, fire and police stations.
  • Commerce:  Ensure access to large and small businesses.
  • Convenience:  Enable travel along residential streets and alleyways

Pittsburgh Snow Plow Tracker Website

This represents the first version of the Pittsburgh snow plow tracker site. Over time, the City will continue to add features, such as sensors that indicate when the plow and spreader on a truck are actively engaged, and new functionality based on user feedback.

The plow tracker site shows the current location of Public Works vehicles that have moved within the last four hours along with the travel history for all vehicles dedicated to snow and ice control throughout the time frame of the snow event. Current location is shown with a vehicle icon on the screen while travel history is shown by highlighting roads on the map.

Currently, approximately 120 Public Works vehicles used for snow and ice control are enabled with GPS devices. The location of these vehicles and their travel history is tracked and displayed in the snow plow tracker site.

The Pittsburgh plow tracker will be activated only during snow events. At all other times, users will see a placeholder message asking them to check back during the next snow event.

While the site shows vehicle travel history, this does not always equate to active treatment of a street. The City hopes to pilot more advanced GPS sensors that will allow us to pinpoint only vehicle movements related to active treatment efforts. However, in the meantime the map displays all vehicle movements whether related to active treatment efforts or not.

Users may see clusters of vehicles on the plow tracker site. These clusters may appear when vehicles are located at a DPW site during shift changes or when vehicles are queued at a salt dome waiting to be refilled.

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