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City of Lafayette goes high tech to assess street repairs

It's a job that took two people six weeks to do manually, but StreetScan can do the same thing in one to two days.

Posted: Apr. 16, 2019 12:16 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The city of Lafayette is using technology to keep up with road repairs.

The city has hired the company StreetScan to rate its streets.

It's a job that took two people six weeks to do manually, but StreetScan can do the same thing in one to two days.

It uses a van with video, radar and microphones and drives every city street.
StreetScan measures conditions like road cracking, but this technology breaks it down to what percentage of roads have damage.

"That's something that we can't get out there and physically measure, but they can with the video they capture," said city engineer Jeromy Grenard. "So, it is definately a more accurate measurement."

The city is paying the company a little more than $120,000 for a three year contract.

Grenard believes it's a worthwhile investment.

"We take those more accurate ratings and we prioritze based on those," he added. "Theoretically, we would more than recoup the money we're putting into the more accurate rating system." 

Data gathered from the StreetScan will be analyzed and available to the city by June.

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