Wanted: Road Watchers to keep an eye on Mich. highways

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The Michigan Department of Transportation needs more eyes on highways in the western part of the state to report on winter road conditions.

Volunteers in MDOT’s Road Watchers program are polled about highway conditions after snow and ice storms, and the agency uses that information for deploying maintenance crews.

MDOT seeks volunteers in Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon and Ottawa counties who travel on U.S. and Michigan highways and interstate routes.

MDOT says the surveys take a few minutes and will be used to improve road maintenance practices and response times.

Road Watchers are polled randomly after each storm and participate in an online survey, MDOT says. All results are anonymous.

To volunteer, go to michigan.gov/roadwatchers.