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Dec 28, 2015 6:02 PM

NH DOT teaming with Waze app, using it to gather info as 1st snow storm moves into NH

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HOOKSETT - The first snowfall of the season has many excited for what winter brings, but the N.H. Department of Transportation is working around the clock to make sure the roads are ready for snow.

They're also equipping drivers with the tools to stay safe on the roads.

"We do have to make sure all the IT equipment is up to date and functioning," said Nicolas King, Operations Supervisior with the Transportation Management Center under the DOP. "If there's any cameras or boards down, we get them fixed and we have to make sure we ramp up our staffing."

The Transportation Managment Center is the hub of everything related to the roads. They're constantly monitoring the weather and checking live camera feeds from 75 locations across the state. They look at traffic, construction, debris and more, and work with police to update their twitter feed and their website constantly. In addition, they manage their traffic hotline, #999.

"All that traffic over the phone... that's a lot to deal with," said King.

The state has partnered with the popular social driving and map application, Waze, and is asking the public to use the app to help other drivers.

With the winter weather coming, that means more trees or power lines down.

Once information is reported, that will help the transportation department.

"We want their partners who are in the car with them to be able to enter data into it," said King of using Waze. "They can push that out to Waze, and Waze sends it to us.

Tuesday's storm calls for extra resources in the management center and outside, the state will be using its fleet of 700 snowplows.

Each hour of cleanup costs $80,000.

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