senate Bill S7568

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires the department of transportation to maintain a website or webpage where users may report defects on state highways and bridges

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May 15, 2014 referred to transportation

S7568 - Bill Details

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Law Section:
Transportation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §14, Transp L

S7568 - Bill Texts

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Requires the department of transportation to maintain a website or webpage where users may report defects on state highways and bridges.

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BILL NUMBER:S7568

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the transportation law, in relation to
requiring the department of transportation to maintain a website or
webpage where users may report defects on state highways and bridges

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to make available a public
website for the purposes of reporting defects on New York State
highways and bridges

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Section 14 of the transportation law is amended by adding
subdivision 36, directing the department of transportation to develop
and make available a website for the purpose of reporting, mapping and
tracking, reports of defects on state highways, bridges and arteries
within department jurisdiction, and communicating departmental actions
in response to reported defects.

EXISTING LAW: Currently the state department of Transportation
maintains a toll-free telephone hotline for the reporting of defects
and road hazards.

JUSTIFICATION: Since the advent of the internet, New York residents
have come to expect the incorporation of online services as a means to
access information and openly communicate. The Governor of New York,
the New York Legislature, and many state and local agencies have
largely adopted an online presence to better communicate and represent
the people of New York. Considering the state's population and the
many agencies that exist in service to it, maintaining an online
presence is often the best and most cost-effective means to provide
those services.

Similarly, at nearly a quarter million total lane miles, the state's
transportation infrastructure is expansive. Each day millions of New
Yorkers traverse its roads and bridges. However, for its longest
stretches of road and bridge spans in upstate, and in Nassau and
Suffolk counties, the state maintains the toll-free 1-800 POTHOLE
hotline for reporting potholes and road defects.

Not only does this reporting system fail to reflect the changing
culture of government and populations that rely on the internet, it
also fails to keep pace with many of the state's own municipalities.

Further, providing an internet portal for reporting of defects and
other system issues should expedite repairs, making it easier for the
agency to identify issues in the same area and focus repairs more
specifically. It could also reduce the need for expenditure of
resources on outside consultants for hotline maintenance.

By providing an internet portal for the reporting of defects, state
transportation agencies would be able to expedite repairs throughout
the state. Not only would the ability to identify and address defects
be greatly improved, the ability to coordinate repairs would be
streamlined, making the most of available workforce, material and
financial resources.


LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Legislation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The Office for Information Technology Services
could create a department webpage internally, without additional cost
to the state. Additionally, design and implementation could mirror
similar programs currently in use in municipalities across the state,
minimizing the time needed for designing the website/page.

By improving the reporting of defects, and the realization of
efficiencies by way of improved management and allocation of the
available workforce and materials, the state could benefit in terms of
both the cost and extent of repairs.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7568

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  DILAN  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation

AN ACT to amend the transportation law, in  relation  to  requiring  the
  department  of  transportation  to maintain a website or webpage where
  users may report defects on state highways and bridges

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 14 of the transportation law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 36 to read as follows:
  36.  (A) THE DEPARTMENT SHALL DEVELOP AND MAKE AVAILABLE A WEBSITE, OR
DEVELOP AND MAKE AVAILABLE A PAGE ON ITS WEBSITE:
  (I) PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR WEBSITE USERS TO  REPORT  DEFECTS  ON
STATE  HIGHWAYS  AND  BRIDGES,  AS WELL AS ANY OTHER ARTERIES WITHIN THE
DEPARTMENT'S JURISDICTION; AND
  (II) PROVIDING  A  WEB  MAPPING  SERVICE  APPLICATION  DISPLAYING  THE
LOCATIONS  OF THE REPORTED DEFECTS AND ANY DEPARTMENTAL ACTIONS RESPOND-
ING TO AND REMEDYING THE REPORTED DEFECTS. MAPPING SERVICE  APPLICATIONS
SHALL INCLUDE ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THE DEPARTMENT DEEMS NECESSARY.
  (B)  THE  WEBSITE SHALL (I) MAKE PROVISION FOR EACH DEFECT REPORTER TO
PROVIDE HIS OR HER NAME, AS WELL AS AN ELECTRONIC MAIL ADDRESS OR  TELE-
PHONE  NUMBER  AT  WHICH THE REPORTER CAN BE CONTACTED BY THE DEPARTMENT
WITH UPDATES ON THE DEFECT REPORTED;
  (II) TRACK AND PRESERVE DEFECTS REPORTED IN LIST AND MAP FORMAT; AND
  (III) PROVIDE AN OPTION FOR  REPORTING  OF  REGION-  AND  HIGHWAY-WIDE
DEFECTS AS WELL AS SPECIFIC DEFECTS ALONG MORE PARTICULARIZED LOCATIONS,
INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, MILE MARKERS.
  (C)  THE  LISTING AND MAP SHALL BE UPDATED NO LESS THAN ONCE EVERY TEN
DAYS TO REFLECT ANY DEFECTS  REPORTED  AND  REPAIRS  MADE.  DEFECTS  AND
REPAIRS  REPORTED  SHALL  BE  PRESERVED  FOR  A MINIMUM OF THREE HUNDRED
SIXTY-FIVE DAYS FROM THE TIME OF REPORTING OR REPAIR.
  (D) THE DEPARTMENT MAY COLLECT AND REPORT SUCH ADDITIONAL  INFORMATION
AND  ISSUES WITH RESPECT TO HIGHWAY AND BRIDGE CONDITIONS AND DEFECTS AS
IT DEEMS NECESSARY.
  (E) IDENTIFYING INFORMATION FOR THE DEFECT REPORTER  SHALL  BE  EXEMPT
FROM THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION EIGHTY-SEVEN OF THE PUBLIC OFFICERS LAW.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15242-01-4

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