WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The way the city of West Lafayette plans its resurfacing projects is expected to get a lot easier. A new software called RoadSoft allows engineers the ability to track where a road is in its lifespan.
The software allows city engineers to get a better timeline of when resurfacing projects need to happen and it's able to tell the number of remaining life years the road has.
City officials believe they will be able to plan out future projects a few years in advance to keep the roads in great condition. Before this new technology, they used a reactive technique by seeing what areas where bad and addressed it in a timely manner.
"In the past we would say we know your road is an issue, we'll fix it hopefully sometime in the future," said Assistant City Engineer Marcus Smith. "Now, we're going to be a lot more exact on when we can pinpoint a date, we're going to redo your road in three years or four years from now."
This will allow engineers to be ahead of the curve and see which roads are deteriorating and how quickly.
"We'll be able to spend our money a lot more efficiently," Smith said. "It will also help people plan out when we're going to be doing construction a lot more."
The software cost $6,000 to implement and there's an annual re-occurring fee. Smith said the financial benefit is going to outweigh that in the first year alone.