As the old joke goes, “There are only two seasons here: winter and
construction.” As Chicagoland moves into construction season, local
governments are tasked with rerouting traffic flow to make room for much
needed repairs. In the Village of Glencoe, one project includes a
complete overhaul of the commuter parking lots around the Metra station.
This multi-week project requires Public Works staff to close different
lots on different days, which disrupts the normal flow of commuter
With GIS, the Village was able to quickly create a map of the work
site and include it on a poster to notify commuters well in advance of
the project’s start. Once work actually began, GIS was able to quickly
create maps of alternate parking sites so that commuters who missed the
initial notification could find alternate parking places quickly. These
maps were posted at the Metra station as well as online, providing
multiple sources of information to the public in an efficient manner.
Without GIS, Village staff would have to either rely on verbal
explanations or create hand-drawn maps that were less accurate and
showed fewer details to orient viewers.