Let’s make our own interactive snow plow map for Harford County


    Now that we’re heading into the Blizzard of 2010 Part II, let’s try something. Our first foray into Buffalo, NY-like conditions taught us that we really like to know what the road conditions are closest to our homes. We want to know what streets are particularly treacherous, where the accidents are and when we can hope to see a plow. Harford County set up a Highways Road Status Hotline (410-638-3009) to track snow removal efforts, which is great. However, it has been broadcasting a recording dated 2 p.m. Monday saying that 85% of the roads have been cleared and we should be patient. Howard County did us one better and has a real time, color-coded online map that shows which roads in their county have been treated and which have been plowed: http://snow2.co.ho.md.us. Since we don’t have one of those yet, I say we should make our own. This is a little rudimentary, but anyone can easily participate. I went to Google Maps and saved a map of Harford County, which I’ve embedded below. Click on it, and you’ll see that you can add events. If you’ve never used Google Maps, you might need to play with it a little bit. You might need a Google account, as well. Or, I can input the info for you. Just leave a comment below or on BANV’s Facebook page highlighting an incident like a power outage, accident, heavy traffic or a plowed road and I’ll add it to the map. Also, if you need help, this would be a good place to mention it. Perhaps someone nearby will be able to help you out. Let’s give it a try. Click here to edit the map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&source=embed&msa=0&msid=113721251836980972946.00047f323fca2452858dd&ll=39.583896,-76.363728&spn=1.026604,2.469177&z=9

    View Harford County interactive snow removal map in a larger map