Winter road conditions crowdsourcing tool

Winter road conditions crowdsourcing tool

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The NZ Transport Agency is encouraging travellers through much of Canterbury and Queenstown Lakes to become on the spot reporters by crowdsourcing travel information this winter.

The objective is to help keep the highways safer and better inform people about possible road hazards and conditions. The trial runs between July and the end of September.

This information will be used by the agency’s winter road report trial and road conditions tool that integrates locally-supplied information with its existing traffic and travel web information on road conditions, area warnings, snow, ice, road closures and delays.

It includes information on road conditions as well as key routes.

“This really is one network in action for customers,” says the agency’s journey manager Lee Wright.

Successfully trialled in the Queenstown Lakes District last winter, the tool has now been extended to other parts of the agency’s southern region, including high-use local roads in the Queenstown, Timaru, Mackenzie, Ashburton, Selwyn and Waimakariri districts.

Included is one key route in Christchurch most affected by ice and snow in winter, namely Dyers Pass Rd between Cashmere and Governor’s Bay.

The trial is part of a wider research project being undertaken by the agency and Abley Transportation consultants to investigate the value of an interactive winter road conditions tool that provides a more complete update on the state highways, and local roads managed by local district councils, effectively a one network approach for road users.

The ‘road reporter’ provides localised reports via smartphones or tablets at https://nzta.abley.com/winterjourneys/

Information and photographs are provided about hazards such as crashes, slips, black ice and heavy snow for the benefit of all.W

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