The freeze and thaw pattern in the metro area is about to begin. In Papillion, a new detection system is up and running.
The Pavement Assessment Vehicle will scan every street and highway in Papillion over the next few weeks for cracks, ruts, distresses, and potholes. Thursday the vehicle starts by photographing every inch using GPS technology to know exactly where the issues are of more than 300 lane miles in the city. Once finished they will analyze the data for the city to help prioritize where they should make repairs.
Papillion officials say the entire process will cost $105,000.
"We really rely on our staff or complaints from the public when we're talking about road maintenance, but this vehicle and the data that it will provide will really allow us to prioritize the roadwork we're doing throughout the city," said Trent Albers, Communication Director for the City of Papillion.
Papillion says they will have their road repair plan completed early next year, and it should guide road budgets for many years to come.