Municipal 511 brings road closure and emergency information to Niagara residents through pilot program
Niagara Region is pleased to collaborate with Municipal 511 on a two-year pilot program to provide accurate and up-to-date information regarding road closures, construction activities on Regional roads and emergency information to the community. Municipal 511 is a bilingual digital traveller information service used by more than 50 per cent of municipalities in Ontario and the Ministry of Transportation (Ontario 511).
Niagara Region maintains 762 km of roads, 131 bridges, 92 culverts and 283 traffic signals. The permitting process alone affects more than 4200 km of roads, 380 bridges, 3000 culverts and 2400 km of sidewalks Niagara-wide. The pilot program has been ongoing for several months and staff provided an update to Public Works Committee and Regional Council through an information report.
With the launch of a Municipal 511 pilot, Niagara Region are communicating planned road closures and emergency information as they are known. For all road closures, detours, construction, floods, traffic and other road details, this information can be found on the Region’s road closure webpage, which has a link to Municipal 511 map.
The benefit of adopting Municipal 511 is it allows people to plan their routes to travel safely and efficiently across Ontario. It shares road information provided to it electronically with consumer and commercial navigation systems like Google Maps and Waze and other mapping systems. This means closures/construction mapped by Niagara Region and local municipal staff will show up on those systems to notify drivers. The public information is shared with navigation and emergency response applications, as well as provincial agencies.
Emergency Management can take advantage of Municipal 511’s “emergencies” layer to communicate the location of emergency facilities or orders (evacuation, shelter-in-place) to the public. For example, it can indicate a flooded area that affects public or critical infrastructure; an emergency boil water advisory or an emergency evacuation route.
Staff will report back to Niagara Region’s Public Works Committee on the outcome of the pilot project and possible options in Q4 2022. If the program is successful, staff will review with its partners splitting the annual subscription cost between the Niagara Region Transportation Services Operating Budget and the local municipalities subject to agreements with each of the local municipalities to participate.
Norm Miller (media only)
905-321-4396 ext. 3215
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