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ODOT Location Based Response System

ODOT's Location Based Response System (LBRS) establishes partnerships between State and County government for the creation of spatially accurate street centerlines with address ranges and field verified site-specific address locations.

ODOT has been working with the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program (OGRIP) to develop a comprehensive, statewide Geographic Information System (GIS). The resulting Location Based Response System (LBRS) will include highly accurate field verified data that is current, complete, consistent and accessible.

LBRS provides many benefits:

  • Improves 911 response using current, accurate data.
  • Improves accuracy of road inventory for better planning and assignment of work crews.
  • Ensures accurate data for calculating mileage affecting funding.
  • Ensures accurate municipal, township, and county boundaries for allocation of resources and costs.
  • Reduced redundant data collection efforts while sharing data among all government entities.
  • Saved taxpayer dollars. 

LBRS Data Status

ODOT has tailored each phase of the LBRS project to meet the needs of each county based on the current status of the county's data in the LBRS program.

Currently, LBRS county data collection falls into three groups:

  • No additional data required
    • Counties that are already a part of LBRS and are currently maintained, so no additional data will be requested. These counties will continue to be a part of ongoing updates to the LBRS data.
  • Some data may be required
    • Counties where ODOT maintains addresses and centerlines. These counties will not need updates for addresses and centerlines. Some counties in this group will need to provide updated boundary files. Also, there will be follow up from ODOT with County representatives for data related questions.
  • Complete data sets required
    • Counties where some data has been collected for LBRS and is maintained in the form of shapefile or other GIS formats, but LBRS data has not been collected. These counties also need to identify a point person to help us with communication.

Explore the links in the Related Resources area of this page to learn more about LBRS.

County Status

ODOT has identified each county's status in the LBRS submission process. Many of the counties have already begun working with ODOT to submit information, and some have given ODOT complete data sets. While other counties are just beginning to work with ODOT to complete the LBRS. ODOT's County Status Map offers more information.

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 until the end of 2023 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 2023. Also, after the project is complete, there will be an ongoing effort to update and maintain data.