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MDOT looking for road watchers for West Michigan highways

• Dec 5, 2018 at 12:00 PM

The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking "road watchers" to report on winter highway conditions in the West Michigan area.

MDOT wants volunteers who travel on select U.S., M and I routes in Ottawa, Muskegon, Allegan, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties to help measure how well the roadways are maintained following winter storms. The comments gathered from the watchers will be used to improve winter maintenance, agency officials say.

MDOT is looking for road watchers to monitor the following highways during commutes:

— 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

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

— M-6 throughout Kent County

Road watchers will be 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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