Region puts road allowance permits online
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.”