By Ken Jackson
If you see a white Transmap van patrolling county roads over the coming week, give it some room, because it is at work.
It’s work you’ll like as a motorist or pedestrian if you’re sick of potholes and cracked sidewalks.
Transmap a national provider of professional, technical, and management support services to the transportation industry based in Ohio will be doing real-time surfacing condition monitoring of county-maintained roads. The vehicle will be traveling within the posted speed limits, and will not interfere with traffic or pedestrians. The van will be deployed for several days before Christmas to do a small number of roads as a pilot program and then will map the rest of the roads throughout the January.
“There’s lasers on the back. It’s kind of a weird looking van,” said Transmap Vice President and Sales Manager Craig Schorling.
He compared to the vehicles Google circulates to produce street-level maps.
The vehicle is equipped with a host of high-definition imaging devices and GPS sensors. The technology will catalog the condition of roads and sidewalks and log the presence and condition of street signs and lighting.
Once its staff of professional engineers collects the roadway data, Transmap technicians will eventually be able to provide an assessment of the quality of the road surface, striping and sidewalks, and make recommendations for their repairs and maintenance.
Schorling said after accessing all the roads and pavement the county wants analyzed, the company will rate the roads on a 0-100 scale.
“The county will have a rating of their roads not done by them so it’s objective,” he said. “That way it can quantify where they can spend their money over next five years. That five-year maintenance plan helps narrow down where they should spend infrastructure money.”
The county will spend no more than $247050 on the project.