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Chicago Announces Construction Tool

Monday, May 6, 2019

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced the launch of a new web-based tool that can provide data on current construction and road repair work in the city, as well as pointing out what streets have been newly resurfaced and information related to special event permits.

The tool, known as ChiStreetWork, was an initiative by the Chicago Department of Transportation, and implements the Google Maps interface.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced the launch of a new web-based tool that can provide data on current construction and road repair work, as well as pointing out what streets have been newly resurfaced and information related to special event permits.

“Chicago has become a national leader in making data available and accessible,” Emanuel said. “ChiStreetWork enhances transparency, increases accountability and puts a host of data about ongoing infrastructure work and special events at the fingertips of Chicago’s residents.”

Chicago Construction Tool

The tool, being launched in time for the construction season, uses information from the city’s dotMaps system to track construction activity. Previously, this data was only available to city transportation department staff, utility companies and Aldermanic offices.

Users will be able to search by criteria such as neighborhood and street address, and will be presented with information from one month past to current work to projects occurring up to one year in the future. Data also includes which streets have been repaved in the last five years, among other information.  

ChiStreetWork was developed by Collins Engineers Inc. and partner Sada Systems.  

“CDOT is excited to roll out the new ChiStreetWork website that creates an unprecedented level of transparency for information about work going on in the public way,” said CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld.

“Our goal is to make ChiStreetWork the go-to site for City residents to find out what kind of construction work and special events are happening on their streets and in their neighborhoods.”

Other Tools

Emanuel's announcement comes about a week after a draft solicitation was issued for the development of a large-scale analytics tool that would be able to detect construction projects and other “anthropogenic activity” worldwide.

   

Tagged categories: Construction; Digital tools; NA; North America; Online tools; Program/Project Management

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