Currently most cities have information about snow emergencies on their websites and sometimes also apps, and send updates via email, text and social channels. So far, most of this information focuses on the declaration of the snow emergency and its basic rules.
This next logical step is regular updates about plowing. This project could be a responsive website as well as a phone app with real-time information about what roads have been plowed, with updates pushed every 15 minutes.
It would provide a fully functional map (capability to zoom from the entire city or county to street level and search for by address) and information on what portions of roads had been plowed and which ones had yet to be plowed. It would also have a feature (or separate website) where you could enter a specific address and it would inform you whether or not that section of road had been plowed yet (similar to http://istherewhitesmoke.com
. Chicago also has a similar service to this: http://clearstreets.org/
In spring and fall, the product could also be used to inform residents whether or not the street sweepers had been through to clear leaves. Basically any time there’s a snow emergency or signs are put up limiting parking because of city maintenance to roads.
Depending on the available data and how snow emergencies are handled, this could city-specific or cover a broader area if multiple data streams can be effectively combined.
It would also allow you to sign up to follow and get updates on when the street at that address had been plowed. You would then receive updates via whatever channel you choose (email, text, tweet, etc).