Updated: 11/29/2012 9:35 PM KSTP.com By: Joy Lim Nakrin
Eden Prairie's new snow management system is ready just in time for winter.
The city spent nearly $65,000 on a system which tracks air and surface temperatures, grip levels and more. GPS monitoring also plots where each of its nearly 60 plows are, showing what they've done and when. The system will be put to the test this winter.
Tom Tesch has been an employee of Eden Prairie's Public Works Department for 37 years. He says that the traditional method too heavily relies on "word of mouth" and says of the new system, "it will warn us so we can get on things while its still controllable before it gets out of hand."
Public Works Director Robert Ellis says of the investment, "every hour the roads are closed, it's an hour somebody is not working and earning a paycheck. It's an hour a store isn't open and making sales so there's an economic downside not having roads open. So, if we can employ newer technologies doing our jobs quicker and better, we think that's money well spent."