Regular maintenance and an overall understanding of the condition of Vermont’s culverts and bridges the condition of these assets are critical for maintaining transportation resiliency and water quality improvements throughout the state. Vermont’s Better Roads and Municipal Roads General Permit (MRGP) programs set standards for regular inspection and maintenance of municipal and state-owned culvert and bridge structures. Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) oversee this process for municipalities within their respective regions. The state’s 11 RPCs required a solution that encouraged collaboration and met each RPC’s unique needs as they coordinated compliance efforts with 251 towns and cities. The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) enlisted Stone Environmental (Stone) to convert the existing VT Culverts site into an Esri-based solution that utilized ArcGIS Hub, Web App Builder, Dashboards, and Field Maps to successfully complete and track state-mandated culvert inspections. This multi-faceted approach created a user-friendly interface for both stakeholders and the public. Stone developed a plan with the CCRPC and a working group comprised of staff from five other RPCs to update and replace the existing VT Culverts framework. Combining ArcGIS Online solutions with ArcGIS Hub Premium, the project team recreated and improved the application within a standardized platform that provided ease of access and updated capabilities for anyone regardless of technical web development experience. ArcGIS Hub Premium provides an adequate number of users with edit capabilities, gives each town and/or RPC a higher level of access compared to the public-facing, non-editable Hub site and applications, and provides an opportunity for the 11 RPCs to collaborate within the application specific to the VT Culverts site, as well as for future initiatives. This collaborative environment brings together entities that serve their communities and the state and reduces information silos between RPCs. The Hub platform also brings more transparency and openness to the activities of each RPC and the Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies (VAPDA). For the VT Culverts application, Hub Premium provides necessary access to datasets, web maps, and web applications for each RPC, their municipalities, or others who collect culvert and bridge inspection data. Visit the site at vtculverts.org.
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