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I have an application that allows the users to create any custom polygon layer on top of google maps, i am interested to know if their is a way to select the road layer in this polygon and then calculate the total miles for these roads.

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I'd say it is possible, but probably it could be hard, complicated and a bit slow... – heltonbiker Oct 25 '12 at 17:35
This uses a users mouse click creates a point and polygon based on radius creates distances traveled in all directions from that point quickly - – Mapperz Oct 26 '12 at 14:44

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