Barrie residents will now be able to follow the progress of snow removal along city streets.

The city has launched Plow Tracker, an online program accessible through their website. The tracker shows the locations of snow plows and when each street was last serviced.

Barrie’s winter maintenance program provides service on a priority system, based on major roads and traffic volumes. While those routes are serviced around the clock, residential streets are tended to regularly but on a secondary level.

“When you live in a snow-belt, plowing is almost a daily task in the winter,” said Dave Friary, roads, parks and fleet director. “When a snow squall blows in, roads can be covered up again quickly after the plow goes by leaving residents wondering when their street will be cleared. Plow Tracker gives our residents the ability to see, firsthand, how we are maintaining proper road conditions, even on the harshest winter days.”

City officials say winter maintenance crews are sent out about 100 times a year and are responsible for plowing, sanding and salting 1,370 km of road and 570 sidewalks as well as other municipal areas such as parking lots.

Plow Tracker can be found at www.barrie.ca/PlowTracker.