Not Sure If The Roads Are Safe? There's An App For That

Jan 10, 2017

Travelers wanting the most up-to-date information about Lane County roads have a new tool.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the app can help them avoid weather-related closures and hazards.  

An image from the Storm Road Tracker app shows a downed tree blocking part of Fox Hollow Road on January 10th.
Credit Lane County Geographic Information Services.

‘Storm Road Tracker’ lets users look for fallen trees, downed power lines, closed roads and bridges, and other problems they might come across driving through Lane County.  They can look on a map or search by road names or addresses.

Lane County spokesperson Devon Ashbridge says the tracker’s usable across multiple platforms, from PCs to mobile devices.   Developed by the county’s Geographic Information Services Department, ‘Storm Road Tracker’ is still being refined.    

“And we’ll continue to improve it," says Ashbridge.  "But we were glad to be able to roll it out so that folks could see what was going on given these back to back to back storms , that we’ve been having here.  And it’s a great thing just to check before you plan to travel, especially if you live out in rural Lane County.” 

A downed power line on Powell Road spurred a notification on the Storm Road Tracker app on January 10th.
Credit Lane County Geographic Information Services.

Officials want users to know that ‘Storm Road Tracker’ only displays county-maintained roads, and issues already reported.  

If someone sees a hazard not shown on the map, they can notify Lane County Public Works. 

The app can be found online at https://lcmaps.lanecounty.org/stormroadtracker/.