Re­gion puts road al­lowance per­mits online

Waterloo Region Record - - LOCAL - Jo­hanna Wei­d­ner, Record staff jwei­d­ner@there­cord.com, Twit­ter: @Wei­d­nerRecord

WATER­LOO RE­GION — Water­loo Re­gion has launched a new online sys­tem that al­lows the pub­lic to ap­ply for var­i­ous road-al­lowance per­mits.

“It just makes things more ef­fi­cient,” said Eger­ton Heath, the re­gion’s su­per­vi­sor of traf­fic sys­tems man­age­ment.

The Road Con­struc­tion and In­ci­dent Man­age­ment Sys­tem on the re­gion’s web­site al­lows peo­ple to ap­ply for per­mits on re­gional road al­lowances, such as clo­sures for spe­cial events, film­ing, con­struc­tion, over­sized loads and in­fra­struc­ture in­stal­la­tion.

Be­fore, peo­ple had to go into the of­fice or mail or fax an ap­pli­ca­tion, and com­mu­ni­cate with staff about an ap­pli­ca­tion on the phone. The online sys­tem cuts out the pa­per, re­duc­ing the car­bon foot­print.

Staff can ac­cess the sys­tem re­motely, and ap­pli­cants can cor­re­spond with them elec­tron­i­cally and then see the ap­proved per­mit online.

All ap­proved road and lane clo­sures will be mapped and vis­i­ble online for driv­ers. The online plat­form also means staff can bet­ter co-or­di­nate lane and road clo­sures to min­i­mize traf­fic dis­rup­tion.

The project was sub­si­dized by Trans­port Canada. Heath said the re­gion is look­ing at other uses for the sys­tem, such as shar­ing af­ter-hours and emer­gency road clo­sures.

“There’s lots of op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand on this sys­tem now.”

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