Friendswood is evaluating its streets with a new, modified 15-passenger van.

The city’s new Road Service Tester van has lasers, distance measuring instruments, accelerometers and rate gyroscopes, inertial navigation-based GPS and high-resolution digital cameras that will cover every city-maintained street in Friendswood.

The instruments collect objective pavement surface distress data, roughness and rutting, city staff said. 

After the van collects data, the staff determines where a stretch of road is on a life-cycle curve. The staff can prioritize and schedule pavement repair projects.

The data can also help in making budget proposals.

A trained visual inspector conducted the previous Friendswood citywide survey in 2008.

— Valerie Wells

Valerie Wells: 409-683-5246; valerie.wells@galvnews.com 

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