Tuesday 17 February 2009

Reporting Potholes

I've noticed on the news here in the UK lately that potholes in roads will have expanded due to the recent cold weather conditions - the old "freeze-thaw" effect.

In some areas people are being encouraged to report potholes to their local council offices - which got me to thinking, how about setting up a website linked to Google maps to allow members of the public to locate potholes in their neighbourhood?

A quick Google search suggests that I'm not the first to think of applying technology to achieve something like this, in no particular order:
  • http://www.pwmag.com/industry-news.asp?sectionID=770&articleID=502140
  • http://www.daventrytoday.co.uk/news/Mapping-the-potholes.3798730.jp
  • http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/env/hews/hews.nsf/LERTF?OpenForm&CCode=POT~1&Subject=Pothole&faultID=58536393386
  • http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/3944037.New_technology_will_get_rid_of_potholes_and_save_us___1_5m__says_council/
  • http://www.showusabetterway.co.uk/call/2008/07/the-pothole-rew.html
  • http://survey.coventry.gov.uk/forms/pothole/index.html
  • http://www.journalofmaps.com/cgi-bin/blosxom.cgi/GIS/potholes.html
  • https://www1.walthamforest.gov.uk/webforms/pavement/
Then I came across something that looks like it already does the job:

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