Mapping out highway maintenance
- By Matt Leonard
- May 26, 2017
Maryland’s annual report of upcoming road maintenance is taking a different form this year, going from a PDF to an online, interactive map..
The state launched Maryland e-Road Ready Projects earlier this month, and it plans to update the site once a week.
“The whole thing is a living document,” Charlie Gischlar, a spokesperson for the Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA), told GCN.
The map shows the planned work on state-maintained roads. Clicking on the orange traffic cones pops up information on construction work –what work is being done, when it starts and ends and how it will interfere with traffic. Users can filter information or search for a particular address or area.
There are some similarities between this app and Maryland 511, but Gischlar said e-Road Ready, which shows projects that haven’t started, was designed for long-term planning. Maryland 511 is for real-time traffic updates.
Marshall Stevenson, an MSHA program manager, said the map data is managed and hosted using Esri’s ArcGIS online cloud solution, and the app was created with the company’s out-of-the-box web app builder.
Both Gischlar and Stevenson said the tool has already proved helpful for internal planning and for communicating with localities about roadwork.
Matt Leonard is a reporter/producer at GCN.
Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.
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