May 03, 2014
Building on its growing reputation as a GIS (Geographic Information System) leader in Metro Atlanta, the City of Johns Creek launches a new Road Information Map
with easy-to-read displays of road improvement locations and live traffic conditions.
The Road Information Map is updated at least once a day, but more often in the case of severe weather says Johns Creek GIS Manager Nick O'Day. "We could easily update the Map twenty or more times a day (and have on a few occasions), to keep our citizens informed as much as possible," he said.
The Road Information Map was originally developed as the "Road Work" map back in 2010 by Johns Creek GIS. The previous version was designed to show only locations where road improvement projects were happening and to give the public a brief description of these projects.
The Road Information Map now displays live traffic conditions (provided via a Google service and basemap) and traffic camera images (provided through the City's and GDOT's traffic cameras) along with the road improvement projects as it always has (broken into different icon types: general road work projects, lane closed, road closed, icy roadway, and more).
Since April of last year, the Road Work map had been accessed over 5,000 times and O'Day predicts much more usage with the new Road Information Map. The City's success with both maps has drawn interest from other cities.
"The city of Alpharetta's GIS/Database Administration staff helped program the new version of the Road Information Map and is the first city in north Fulton to want to integrate with Johns Creek," said O'Day. "They are in the process of developing their own internal processes to update their map."
"Once Alpharetta launches their version, both cities will share their map points in real time so that users in either city (using either map) can see all of the information for nearly 59 square miles," said O'Day.
He added that other cities in north Fulton and DeKalb County have expressed interest in integrating in the same way that Alpharetta has.
The Road Information Map can be accessed here