Many governmental units in Minnesota have open road construction and closure data, the data is
disparate, difficult to access, have a dissimilar data structure, and is not
consumed by the private sector/open source mapping applications that we all use
for navigation. It is not practical for every road authority to submit
road construction and closure data to every private sector/open source
- By building a central repository or creating a publishing standard,
governmental units can openly expose road
construction and closure data with a common structure.
Creating a one stop web app for governmental and public
users to view road construction and closures
will give everyone easy access to road construction data without borders or
barriers, and streamline interagency coordination and planning efforts.
Building an application that is capable of publishing
collaborative road construction closure data to all major navigation apps
(Google, MapQuest, Waze, Bing, etc...) will create a live connection between
road authorities and data consumers. An alternative would be that the
collaborative road construction and closure data could be accepted and sourced
directly by major navigation apps (see Waze Connected
The State of Minnesota has undertaken similar efforts in the
past, this suggestion is different because it rewards governmental agencies and
the public by connecting authoritative open road construction and closure data
with private sector/open source navigation apps.