Mark Pitts

Hate Potholes? There’s an App for That

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kq4ym
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Re: Analytics to action
kq4ym   12/28/2012 6:47:43 AM
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It's still amazing to me the creative uses that are popping up for our devices. And as they are born, even more possiblities come up. Discovering potholes can lead to reporting them to officials. Officials could use the data for preparing budgets for repairs. Other cities can compare data, perhaps finding more efficient materials for road building, and on and on.

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Analytics to action
Maryam@Impact   12/14/2012 10:59:40 AM
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Now wouldn't it be great if it rated the severity sent high priority potholes to the appropraite city department and they responded with fixes!

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Re: Money, money, money...
kicheko   12/12/2012 2:58:25 PM
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True, its a little off that it has to go back down to non-road maintenance people to alert the authorities of all those potholes especially if they are not really new. However it is a good idea especially if the information is available publicly as it can help people make decisions on which routes have least potholes on the way to work. meanwhile the government will indeed be compelled by the glaring data to allocate more funds for repair.

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Ariella   12/12/2012 9:16:42 AM
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@tinym Multiple blocked lanes during rush hour defnitely inconvenience more people. But a pothole can potentially damage a car that will not be able to move and so cause a backup in its lane. If it's not rush hour, though, people can usually maneuver around it, so they wouldn't mind so much. But the driver whose car is damaged would mind a great deal.

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tinym   12/12/2012 9:07:45 AM
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It seems crazy they would willingly block traffic after the deadline to get out of the way. Repeat offenders might feel the sting a bit more if they were passed over on future projects because they failed to stay out of the way. Which is worse, potholes or blocked lanes during rush hours?

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Ariella   12/12/2012 8:52:42 AM
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@tinym well, it's a very big city that involves very big sums of money. In the case of construction, when they are getting multi-million dollar contracts, the feeling is that the fines have to be very substantial to have any impact in making the contractor think twice about blocking rush hour traffic.

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Now we need a congested road app
SaneIT   12/12/2012 8:13:33 AM
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The pothole app sounds great but around here we're more in need of an app that tracks time sitting at traffic lights or slowing down for no apparent reason.  We're well below the frost line so pot holes are few and far between.  Our biggest issues are urban sprawl and new neighborhoods destroying traffic patterns because it would appear that no on considered how adding 100 houses might affect traffic on a single lane road.

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Re: The road too-much traveled
BethSchultz   12/12/2012 7:50:05 AM
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@Mark, I think we can take this as solid evidence that Chicago needs to do a better job of getting the word out that people can report potholes from a mobile app! I didn't see any sign of the offering on the main Chicago DOT page, at least. But I'm not surprised, either, that it's using Street Bump -- as it's generally pretty tech-savvy in its citizen outreach, etc. As to your advice, perhaps I will -- once I get that faster, more capable smartphone I have on my Christmas wish list. ;-)

 

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tinym   12/11/2012 11:56:12 PM
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@Ariella you're right, that fine seems huge. You guys have a rich history of rules and regulations just to keep order in the city...

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mnorth   12/11/2012 8:11:23 PM
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@Mark: well the ice cream is excellent so I recommend two scoops on a waffle cone after a Roethlis-burger.  As for the data, I have always tried to teach my students that if you're trying to make a case to management, having hard data on your side is critical.  You can tell somebody that something's needed until you're blue in the face, but if you can show them it's needed based on facts, you might actually get somewhere.

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