Mayor Chris Beutler said a full survey of all streets is under way in Lincoln to help the City prioritize street repairs and make the best use of limited funding. The City first surveyed its streets in 2005 as part of its pavement management system, and updates were conducted in 2008 and 2012. A specially equipped van from International Cybernetics Corporation (ICC) is using lasers, GPS, 3D cameras, 360-degree cameras and other technology to collect data on the condition of the pavement. The work began in early June, and the survey of about 1,500 miles of City streets is expected to be completed by the end of August.
"Our investment in pavement management technology has resulted in savings by helping us to maximize the life of our streets," Mayor Beutler said. "Because the information from the survey and updates is so detailed, we are able to see where immediate repairs can prevent more costly street reconstruction later." The City is investing $19 million in street repair in 2015 and 2016, and information from the pavement management system was used to determine where those funds are spent.
Thomas Shafer, Design and Construction Manager for the Public Works and Utilities Department, said the survey provides data on pavement roughness, rutting and defects. Once all of the digital images are processed for each pavement section in the street network, the information is entered into a pavement management software program designed for Lincoln's unique combination of traffic, climate and paving materials. Analyzing the data and uploading it into the City's system will take about two to three months, and a report is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Information on City street projects is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: projects).