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Frequently Asked Questions

The following FAQs represent general questions about the project while explaining background information and giving insight into the project's next steps.

What is LBRS?

The Location Based Response System (LBRS) is a County/State partnership that gathers accurate locational information on all roads and addresses in a county. The information is used to save lives with accurate, current locations and save taxpayer dollars by reducing redundant data collection activities.

ODOT has been working with the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program (OGRIP) and individual counties in developing a statewide, current, accurate road centerline and address point Geographic Information System (GIS) data set since 2004. This initiative is called LBRS. All of Ohio’s 88 counties have participated in the LBRS program. In the current phase of this project, ODOT is incorporating LBRS data into the Road Inventory Management System (RIMS) to provide more accurate data for transportation planning activities.

What are the benefits of LBRS?

Current, accurate, accessible locations, roadways, and boundaries:

  • Improve 911 response and saves lives
  • Improve disaster planning
  • Improve accuracy of road inventory
  • Reduce redundant data collection efforts
  • Save Taxpayer Dollars
  • Support Federal Reporting Requirements
  • Support Federal Funding

Who will be involved at the county level?

Typically, these job titles will be contacted and involved in providing, verifying, and maintaining LBRS data:

  • County Commissioner/County Executive
  • County Auditor
  • County Engineer
  • GIS Coordinator
  • 911 Coordinator

What is the next step?

A representative from ODOT Technical Services will be contacting county representatives to discuss the details of the project. They will discuss scheduling, data transfer and project requirements and answer any questions.

What data is needed from the county?

Visit the County Status Map page for more information about data collection needs and phases.

What is the role of DDTi

ODOT has contracted with Digital Data Technologies Inc (DDTi) to acquire locally maintained GIS data. DDTi will reconcile discrepancies in current and new data while verifying and updating existing data. This includes examining road centerlines and address points in conjunction with municipal/township/county boundaries and the Master Street Address Guide (MSAG). Finally, DDTi will enhance, transform, and conform the data to LBRS specifications, so it can be added to ODOT’s Roadway Information Management System (RIMS).

How will the data be reported to ODOT?

The resulting data that DDTi develops, updates, and verifies will be delivered to ODOT and OGRIP in ESRI shapefile or geodatabase format. Discrepancies between current RIMS data and the new LBRS data will be reported to ODOT. It will then be reconciled with ODOT’s existing records within the RIMS.

What may be affected by LBRS?

Discrepancies between what ODOT has on file and what the county has in terms of routes, mileage, connectivity, etc. during the process of developing, updating and verifying the data.

Will this change county and township annual certified mileage?

The LBRS effort will improve the accuracy of the data collected on all roads in each county. Changes to mileage are possible. Certified mileage changes may occur after the incorporation of the new LBRS dataset per Ohio Revised Code Section 4501.04.

What happens to the referenced data acquired?

Once the reference data is acquired, an itemized list of the files that will be used for developing, updating, and verifying data will be presented to ODOT and the county for signoff.

What will the county receive?

After the GIS data is enhanced to LBRS specification, it will be available for county review and use. The following quality control reports will be made available to the county:

  • Comparison of road names and addresses to the MSAG to improve the data for 911 use
  • Comparison of addresses to roads to ensure data consistency and interoperability
  • Road Address Range Consistency
  • Spreadsheet of data inputs, field mappings and data deficiencies
  • Spreadsheet of differences in route information between county centerlines and ODOT inventory
  • Shapefiles of road topology issues and road direction issues
  • Milepost log report (improper milepost values)
Future data maintenance tools and options can also be discussed at that time.

When will this take place?

Some counties may be on a different timeline than other counties in the state. A representative from ODOT Technical Services will be contacting each County when the county is scheduled for their next step in the LBRS project. They will discuss scheduling, data transfer and project requirements and answer any questions.

How long will this project take?

ODOT estimates that it will take three years to collect, validate and incorporate data into the State location reference system. ODOT expects to incorporate the first counties in 2019 and will complete the incorporation of counties in 2022. Also, after the project is complete, there will be an ongoing effort to update and maintain data.