Development of Digital Inventory and GIS Web-Based Applications for West Virginia's Outdoor Advertising Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), through its Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), provides Outdoor Advertising Program guidance at the federal level. At the state level, each state's Department of Transportation (DOT) administers and enforces outdoor advertising permit programs, monitors the erection and maintenance of billboards, and provides statistics on nonconforming and illegal sign removals. The West Virginia Department of Highways (WVDOH) is responsible for archiving all inventory sheets and also sending staff to perform the routine inventory inspection for its Outdoor Advertising Program. Over the years, the WVDOH has accumulated a large number of inventory sheets and the archiving and management of the sheets became difficult. The WVDOH Stores the inventory sheets in Bldg.#5 and it seems that a more efficient search process is probably needed. An electronic document archiving and management program for the Outdoor Advertising Program needs to be developed. It would certainly be very helpful to link such an electronic inventory to road network data in the WVDOH Straight Line Diagrams (SLD). Mapping and integration of the electronically proposed inventory files into a Geographic Information System (GIS) would result in better management of the Outdoor Advertising Program. The project was planned in order to facilitate data collection, scanning services, and system development for the WVDOH Outdoor Advertising Program.