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MDOT seeks winter storm 'Road Watchers'

• Dec 7, 2017 at 5:00 PM

The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking "Road Watchers" to report on winter highway conditions in Ottawa, Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm and Muskegon counties.

MDOT would like volunteers who travel on selected U.S., 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.

Road Watchers would monitor the following highways during morning commutes:

— U.S. 31 throughout Muskegon, Ottawa and Allegan counties

— I-96 throughout Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent and Ionia counties

— U.S. 131 throughout Montcalm, Kent and Allegan counties

— I-196 throughout Kent, Ottawa and Allegan counties

— M-6 throughout Kent County

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, the state agency said.

Road Watchers are polled randomly for each storm event and asked to participate in an online survey about the road conditions they encountered. All results will be anonymous.

To volunteer, visit www.michigan.gov/roadwatchers.

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