Road Closure Tools

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Road Closure Tools

Postby DallasGrant » Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:16 pm

As many of you know, being a state manager means that I am to report road closures and add them to the closure system to direct traffic correctly away from a closed road. Gathering the correct information about this can prove to be quite difficult as each area has their own system and some of it is very vague or not disclosed.

I wanted to formulate a list of road closures. If you know of any website (preferably state, county, or city) that informs of construction zones.

Also, Currently if you know of a construction zone where Waze is not recognizing in the mapping, let me know. Best way to let me know is sending a PM to me.
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Re: Road Closure Tools

Postby DallasGrant » Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:22 pm

State of Minnesota. This only includes US, MN, and Interstate Highways.
http://lb.511mn.org/mnlb/


Saint Paul
This is the model every city should follow. Very clear information about the closure and they are extremely up to date.
http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=929

Minneapolis
http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1400
http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cip/

Mankato
http://www.mankato-mn.gov/maps/roadclosed.html

Blue Earth County
Very outdated, but it can give good information sometimes
http://www.co.blue-earth.mn.us/index.aspx?nid=303

Rochester
http://www.rochestermn.gov/departments/ ... /index.asp
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Re: Road Closure Tools

Postby DallasGrant » Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:49 pm

Just so you know, I thought I would address some facts about road closures:

Here is some information from this past summer's experience:

https://www.waze.com/editor/?env=usa&lo ... s=74728085

Last summer this road was directed to the NB side of US-169 with the SB side totally closed.
Because of the way Waze compensates for a slight variance of GPS reliability, it is not needed at all to correct the direction of the road at all. I did not close this section at all or make any changes and it still directed me correctly each time. Keep in mind, however, the connecting roads may be closed because it was not allowed connection to the road.

Now, a little bit further down:
https://www.waze.com/editor/?env=usa&lo ... s=80550490
This is a spot where direction had to occur and a closure would be put in place. The distance between the two lanes was too great to allow for the variance.

Also, When a road is closed due to construction (and not a road like this https://www.waze.com/editor/?env=usa&lo ... s=81754836 ) it should not be closed with the restrictions. Because restrictions are easy for an outsider to remove if he or she is not aware of the closure, we need a system in place that protects the roads from accidental "corrections".

When a road is closed, there is absolutely no need to alter the roads at all. It will not allow for routing even if the directions indicate so. It is important not to alter this especially since we would want the routing to be correct after the closure is done. For closures that alter the road, we will try to gather information about how the road will look after the closure.
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