Philadelphia launches an online map of closed streets and sidewalks

Street closure permits might be seen as a sign of a thriving economy and a growing number of construction projects, but they can also be a headache for residents that need to find alternative routes to reach their destination. The City of Philadelphia has decided to tackle this problem by creating a map with real-time information about closed streets and sidewalks. The map is refreshed every 30 minutes, following the approval of new closure permits, including “everything from construction and utility work to temporary permits for parked moving trucks”.

The city is hoping to include additional details on the map like lane rerouting and locations where fencing is installed. Projects like these can help reduce congestion, which is a major issue in many cities. Also, increased transparency in this matter will put more pressure on companies that don’t follow their permit rules.