BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE PRICE OF PROGRESS
There is a huge backlog of ageing infrastructure across the United States which will require significant investment to ensure the livability of towns, cities and municipalities into the future.
In many cases the funding arrangements for delivering these projects is unclear but there is one element which is a certainty.
“Whenever infrastructure is built, no matter how badly that new subway line or motorway is needed, there is the headache of disruption,”Â according to our Vice President Communications, Marie Scoutas.
“The inevitable price of progress includes roadworks, delays and detours. This is additional to any disruption that is part of daily life such as replacing power poles or apartment construction, before you get to an ambitious nation rebuilding program.
“At this point, communication with your community becomes paramount. While everyone hates traffic, people can deal with it better if they know whether it’s a 10 minute or 40 minute delay they are facing and if they can plan ahead with confidence in the information they are getting.
“Alongside an ambitious infrastructure program needs to be an ambitious communications program. Each state or city’s success in keeping its people informed and satisfied their daily lives are being considered, will determine how much more of that city’s vision for the future can be rolled out.
“It means you need all the right information, live and in real time and in a format that is nimble and compatible with a city’s live traffic apps.
“That is where Road Manager plays a vital role not just for governments with big, long running projects but anyone who needs a traffic plan like a major event that will only impact the network for one day.
“Large and smaller road closures need to be managed with the same standard of real time information because in a city under construction every piece of the puzzle becomes vital.
Road Manager provides the affordable solution for towns, cities and SMEs to move their traffic problem onto the grid and make sure itâ€™s visible to everyone.
“We have the opportunity to make that shift now, today, with Road Manager. Itâ€™s time to end the unexpected traffic surprises and end pen and paper traffic plans. If we all shift into a secure real time, digital plan then communities, motorists, freight companies and other businesses can get on with what they do best – and plan for the disruption.
“In a nation as vast as the United States, this could take years. We are seeing cities in Europe taking up technology that’s made for America. They can see the benefit, we will continue knocking on doors here at home to ensure they reap the benefits too.
“All too soon, these major pieces of infrastructure may see autonomous and trucks that will most certainly need the sort of accurate and reliable information everyone can get in place now in an easy and affordable way,” Ms Scoutas said.
Delays and long queues can be minimised with well coordinated traffic plansÂ and real time management, enabled by Road Manager.