In a presentation to the city council at the June 18 work session, Johns Creek Geographic Information Systems Manager Nick O’Day demonstrated the “Find Business” and “Road Work” maps that are now available on the city’s website.
“Nobody in the southeast region is going as far as we are where we have both mobile and desktop versions of all of our maps that are all task-specific,” O’Day said.
The “Find Business” map gives residents a chance to either search by what kind of business they need or search by a known business name to find Johns Creek businesses near them they can then patronize. The map then shows the businesses meeting the search criteria along with their addresses, phone numbers, directions and links to their websites. The mobile version uses GPS to show where the user is and the proximity to businesses.
The city uses the data already collected from business licenses to update the website, ensuring the most recent information is available.
“It’s a matter of getting to the information you need right away, putting the information in front of you so that it’s more accessible,” O’Day said.
The “Road Work” map has been in use already and shows where road work is expected in the city, including when during the day work is expected, what kind of work it is and the estimated impact on traffic. The site also shows power outages, road icing, trees in the road and other unforeseen instances that could impact traffic flow.
The benefit to using this website instead of other navigation sites, O’Day said, was because it does not include unnecessary interstate information and has more available data.
“They’re not going to capture things like sidewalk repairs or a tree fell in the road for three hours, that’s too low level for them,” O’Day said of other navigation sites. “If you’re driving across I-85 definitely go to them, they’re going to be a better source of information, but if you’re going to be taking surface streets throughout the city, we’re your best bet.”