June 08, 2020
Helping residents and visitors find their ‘Waze’ around Oxford County
County-led construction and road closures are now shared with Waze and Google Maps
Construction season can make getting around by vehicle a challenge. To help residents and visitors to Oxford County navigate County roads more easily, Oxford County will now be sharing County-led construction project and road closure information with Municipal 511 and the two-way data sharing app Waze as part of its Waze for Cities program.
Aside from helping residents and visitors navigate Oxford County roads more easily, the implementation with Municipal 511 will help to support community safety, by providing Oxford County’s emergency responders like fire, paramedic and police respond to calls more efficiently with up-to-date information on construction, closures and detours.
While Oxford County is kicking off the platform use within the community for County-led construction projects and closures, other Oxford County municipalities have been provided access to the Municipal 511 system and will also adopt the system over the coming months.
Ben Addley, Director and Chief, Paramedic Services, Oxford County
“Seconds can be critical for emergency responders. Prior to the implementation of Municipal 511 for road closures and construction, slower manual processes meant emergency crews could be unaware of construction or closures on their route. Now using Municipal 511, County closures will go directly into computers in each paramedic vehicle.”
Dave Colvin, Emergency Coordinator, Oxford County
“The two-way integration with Waze and other data feeds into Municipal 511 provides the County with a true picture of what is happening in our communities every day. This is especially critical during emergencies like snowstorms, ice storms, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. Leveraging the Municipal 511 platform is a great opportunity for the municipalities of Oxford County to work together to improve efficiency, provide better service to our communities, and harness technology in a very cost-effective fashion.”
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About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 121,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero-waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.