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Jefferson County
City of Beaumont
News Release
Friday, February 10, 2012

Beaumont Beginning Detailed Data Collection on City Streets
Specially Equipped Van Will Analyze Every Roadway

Beaumont, Texas – A specially outfitted van will be travelling throughout the city over the next several weeks, measuring and evaluating the quality of every street.

The Road Surface Tester will collect pavement inventory and condition data, including measurements of pavement roughness, rutting, cracking and other distresses to road surfaces. The RST will also collect digital images of the roadways and Global Positioning Satellite information for plotting and verifying the data.

“As our road network and infrastructure have grown, so has the need for accurate information on these assets,” said Patrick Donart, Public Works Director. “The RST is an efficient and affordable way to do this field work, allowing us to collect thorough and very detailed inventory and technical analysis.”

The RST is a one-ton Ford van fitted with laser sensors in its modified bumper. The equipment in the front bumper, together with the GPS receivers, will orient data points on potholes, streets signs, etc., within centimeters of their location in the city.

Operated by three field technicians, the RST travels at posted speed limits, and will not disrupt the flow of traffic. Each street within the City of Beaumont will be surveyed at least once during the data collection process.

The RST van is expected to be available for photos at City Hall, 801 Main St., at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10.




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