Using Apps to Notify the Public of Local Road and Bridge Closures

Status:  Active
Project Start Date:  No Date

Summary:

The traveling public increasingly relies upon navigation systems, either as part of their vehicle or through their handheld phones or mobile devices. Currently there is not a system, tool, or process being used by cities and counties in Minnesota to report road or bridge closures (referred to throughout this document as road closures) for use by transportation agencies to display to the traveling public or for use by third-party mapping/navigation companies (e.g., Waze, TomTom, HERE Technologies, Google Maps) to provide to the public. This project will document up to three best practices for manual local road closure reporting, describe an approach the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) can use to develop or implement an existing user-friendly road closure reporting system, and provide a guide on how to report closures to third-party mapping/navigation companies.

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