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City’s new tool highlights construction projects

August 1, 2013 -

The City has launched a new mapping tool that offers residents a fresh way to view geographical information – such as construction projects.

"This first map of our construction projects gives you a quick and very visual overview of where construction is taking place all over Kingston. To find out more detail about a project, simply click on the map. There's a lot of technology behind it, but it's intuitive and simple," says Phil Healey, Manager Enterprise Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He says that the construction projects map is the first in a series aimed at improving the user's understanding and experience of the City's geographical information.

The Construction Projects map at www.CityofKingston.ca/construction shows all the City's planned infrastructure projects to 2014. Users can click on a project to find out its status.

"One of the benefits of this mapping technology is that people can see the work that the City is doing in their neighbourhood and other areas of the City that they travel in," says Mark Van Buren, Director of Engineering.

Road projects are shown in red, sidewalk projects in yellow and cycling projects in green. Utilities Kingston's projects are displayed in blue and Kingston Hydro's in magenta. The map also shows where the City plans to install street benches.

Next, the City's GIS department will be launching an application that provides residents and visitors with an easy way to find City facilities near them and obtain location-based information about City services. Look for that to be available in early fall.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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