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Intelligent and Safe Turns: Evaluating Solutions for Public Works Route Optimization

May 20, 2020

Making Safe, Intelligent Turns While on the Road

Let’s face it, waste collection vehicles are big, bulky and difficult to maneuver. With the exception of a tractor-trailer, which doesn’t spend nearly as much time maneuvering down city streets, they also rank as one of the most difficult vehicles to make a U-turn in any practical fashion.

Any time you’re planning routes for large vehicles, the goal should be to maximize safety when deciding where to turn. Many systems are smart enough to allow you to penalize U-turns or favor right turns over left (or vice-versa), but this is where they stop.

Think about a left turn from a major road into a neighborhood. Crossing traffic can be hazardous at many intersections and can take more time. Once inside a neighborhood, however, turning left from one quiet neighborhood street to another is quick, easy and much safer.

Our advanced routing solutions consider these kinds of details that none of our competitors do. We understand turning to and from a major arterial road is much different than turning within a neighborhood.

Our solutions also natively recognize and optimize cul-de-sacs and other dead ends and minimize maneuvers like U-turns and backing.

Wanted: Intelligent Routing
If the routing software package you’re considering can’t factor for intelligent turns, backing, U-turns and other turn constraints, you’ll want to look elsewhere for a solution. For more information about how we can help you manage roadway travel safely and efficiently, please contact me at

Catch up on this series:

Part 1 | March 24, 2020


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Part 2 | April 2, 2020


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Part 3 | April 9, 2020


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Part 4 | April 21, 2020


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Part 5 | May 4, 2020

Side of Street Routing

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Part 7 | Coming Soon

Tools to Handle Local Knowledge

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Part 8 | Coming Soon

Route efficiency that can be evaluated objectively

Jessica Cearfoss, Business Development Manager

Jessica specializes in the public works sector, nurturing sales leads to become long-standing customers. As main point of contact for public works customers, Jessica helps prospects understand route optimization and how our software can harness their data to achieve their performance goals. She also conducts demonstrations for our suite of software products targeted to the public works sector, including RouteSmart for ArcGIS, RouteSmart Navigator and RouteSourcing.