Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and Google Real-Time Road Closure Maps

The Google Crisis Response Team and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) partnered to develop a real-time road closure map for Vermont in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. This tool provided information on the location and severity of damaged infrastructure so that state government agencies and the public could safely and efficiently navigate Vermont’s roads, and manage the damage in the aftermath of the storm.

Immediately following Hurricane Irene, Google reached out to VTrans to offer assistance identifying and assessing infrastructure damage due to the impacts of the storm. Google’s Crisis Response Team worked with VTrans’ IT staff to develop a dynamic, web-based platform that went live on the VTrans website days following the storm. The website sourced the latest information on affected infrastructure from state agencies, identified what roads were impacted, as well as the specific locations along each road that were damaged. Each location was then color coded to help travelers understand whether that location was limited in some capacity, or closed. The website was updated daily through November 17, 2011, and can still be viewed online.

 

This Adaptation Clearinghouse entry was prepared with support from the Federal Highway Administration. This entry was last updated on February 8, 2015.

Publication Date: September 2011

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  • Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans)
  • Google.org

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  • Case study
  • Mapping tool

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