GPS units in county trucks will allow for better snow-removal response, superintendent says

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GREENFIELD — A click and a glance is all it takes to see how quickly – or how painstakingly slowly – snow removal is happening on rural roads throughout Hancock County.

The Hancock County Highway Department has traded in its paper maps and Sharpie pens for a GPS system that not only tracks where trucks have been plowing throughout the county, but their speed, maintenance issues and more.

The equipment was installed just this week. The 6-inch snowfall and drifting on Thursday gave the department its first chance to use the new technology. Gary Pool, highway engineer, said the new system will come in handy not only again this weekend, but year-round.

“Sunday will stretch our system more,” Pool added. “We’ll try to focus on the main roads and help emergency services.”

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