The Village of Deerfield, IL prides itself on operating in an accessible and open manner with full transparency to its residents and those interested in learning more about the village. In keeping with these values, the village Engineering department approached the Geographic Information System (GIS) staff with a request to help make progress of seasonal construction projects more visible to the public, highlighting how the project develops over the construction season.
In 2015, the village embarked on large scale resurfacing, replacement, and reconstruction projects of seven major roads. By utilizing GIS, an online map was created for the village website that displays each project area and pictures showing the before condition of the road to be replaced. By clicking on each picture, more information about the details of each project can be learned, including appropriate contact information for village staff in case any questions or concerns may arise from the work being done. Additional links located in the map allow village residents to subscribe to a given construction project and receive emails at regular intervals providing progress updates for that project.
The future of this online map is to create a before, during, and after display of pictures that shows the gradual progression of each active project. Eventually, this product will also contain a repository of all documented historical construction projects in the village and provide employees and residents with an easy-to- use tool to search construction history.