2011-03-10 / Local & State

CMU Develops Social Networking ‘Pothole’ Web Site

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh-area Facebook users are being encouraged to use their smartphones to post pictures of potholes on a Web site developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

The researchers are hoping the Road Damage Assessment System at www.rodasproject.com will help drivers avoid the potholes and – eventually be used to alert crews to repair the potholes. Facebook users can upload smartphone pictures by accessing the Web site through the popular social networking portal, which then logs the location on a map.

Jim Struzzi, the Pittsburgh area spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman, says the quickest way to get a pothole fixed is still to call PennDOT’s hotline at 1-800-FIXROAD. Still, Struzzi says he may pass on the Web site to PennDOT officials as another way to track roads in need of repair.

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