The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will install automatic vehicle location (AVL) technology on all 2,200 of its plow trucks this winter in an effort to increase government transparency and improve interdepartmental efficiency.
The state has alloted $205 million for statewide winter operations, including 4,800 on-the-road workers and over 768,000 tons of salt. The state's snow plow trucks are equipped with computerized salt spreaders that allow operators to calibrate the exact amount of salt to be distributed regardless of speed.
PennDOT started its AVL program in 2014, fitting 119 plow trucks with vehicle locators, and expanded it to 700 plows in 2015. This year, the agency will fit all of its plow trucks, both owned and rented, with the locators. The AVL program is part of Governor Tom Wolf's GO-TIME initiative, a state-wide effort to maximize efficiency and modernize state government operations through interagency coordination and corraboration.
Residents can view the location of PennDOT's plow trucks on 511PA.com.