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Waze, the app that uses crowdsourced data to build its maps and provide real-time traffic information, is introducing a new feature today allowing users to report road closures.

This seems like a pretty natural extension of what Waze does — drivers could already report things like accidents, so this is just giving them another way to get important information into the system. In fact, spokesperson Michal Habdank-Kolaczkowski told me that users were already doing it in an ad hoc way, where the names of roads would be edited so they said (for example), “Capitol Ave CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION.”

Now, Waze says there’s a more official way to report a closure on the map, dropping a pin on its location and providing more details if you want, such as whether it’s closed for construction or an event or some other reason, and how long you expect the closure to last…

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