Iowa Department of Transportation making it easier to track plows in school districts

An image of an Iowa DOT plow, prepping before a winter storm. (KCRG)
An image of an Iowa DOT plow, prepping before a winter storm. (KCRG)(KCRG)
Published: Feb. 18, 2019 at 3:26 AM CST
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It seems like every morning this winter parents and school staff wake up wondering if there's school, and are the roads safe to get there.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is making it easier for people to see how the roads are looking in their school district.

They now have a

. It helps people track DOT cameras by school districts.

Officials hope this will make life easier for school officials.

People can search their school district website and checkout plow cams from the state highways in that area. It's done through a geocaching system. DOT leaders say this will make things easier for schools making the call on if they should cancel class.

"We're just hoping to help them out in maybe making quicker decisions,” said Cathy Cutler with the Iowa Department of Transpiration. “If they don't have to go rive the state routes or the interstates they can just look at that picture, and see what that plow is seeing. We hope that just helps them make better decisions."

The website constantly updates. The plow cams snap a photo every 5 to 10 minutes while the vehicle is moving.

The DOT emailed all districts the website so they would know about it.