NDOT snow plows detect real-time winter conditions

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Updated: 1/01 11:22 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Plows on northern Nevada highways will be using new technology the next time it snows to relay up-to-the-minute road conditions.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Nevada is among three states and an East Coast region where the technology is being tested as a way to make winter driving safer and reduce maintenance costs.

More than 20 Nevada Department of Transportation snow plows and maintenance trucks are outfitted with sensors to provide a clearer picture of how roads are faring as winter storms roll in. Forty will ultimately get the high-tech upgrade.

Information from the sensors is relayed to the University of Nevada, Reno, which sends the data to the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Officials say the data will allow NDOT to respond more quickly to problem areas.

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