As warm weather returns and construction season shifts into high gear, Chicagoans have a new online tool for tracking the road repair projects, utility work, and special events impacting their neighborhoods.
Known as ChiStreetWork, the free web-based application went live on Tuesday, city officials announced. It uses the familiar Google Maps interface to display a wide range of information including past, current, and future repaving initiatives and permits for water, sewer, gas, or electrical projects impacting the public right-of-way.
Hosted by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), ChiStreetWork sources its data from various city agencies as well as private utility firms. The map-based interface was previously available only to CDOT staff, aldermanic offices, and the utility companies.
“Chicago has become a national leader in making data available and accessible,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement. “ChiStreetWork enhances transparency, increases accountability, and puts a host of data about ongoing infrastructure work and special events at the fingertips of Chicago’s residents.”
Users can browse specific areas of the city by searching by neighborhood, ward, ZIP code, street intersection, or address and then select which categories of data they want to see: construction projects, utility-related permits, resurfacing memorandums, events impacting traffic, street closures, and detours. There’s also a tool to filter results by time to show activity from the past month or up to one year in the future.
“Our goal is to make ChiStreetWork the go-to site for city residents to find out what kind of construction work and special events are happening on their streets and in their neighborhoods,” said CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld in a statement.
Curious about construction, infrastructure work and special event permits in your neighborhood? ChiStreetWork is a new tool that shows current construction, road repair projects, and special event permit information. Explore here: https://t.co/61jVkM76jM #opendata pic.twitter.com/aXWRKf2VNT— Mayor Rahm Emanuel (@ChicagosMayor) April 23, 2019