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ARAN gathering data from city of Tyler streets


POSTED: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 6:07pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 10:01am

The ARAN or Automated Road Analyzer is studying all of Tyler's city streets which covers over 500 miles of pavement.

The Automated Road Analyzer is using high-tech equipment to collect data of the city's road conditions.

"What it does is capture different types of data along the roadway. It takes pictures of the pavement surface, it takes the forward and rear facing of the right-of- way imagery and has lasers that measure the rutting and lasers that measure how bumpy the road is as you drive along the road," said Senior Project Manager Reuben Williams

The City of Tyler hired FUGRO, a company in Austin for this $180,000 project.

Reuben Williams, Senior Project Manager for FUGRO says ARAN is used in many cities across the country.

Tyler City Engineer Carter Delleney says the van will collect more data and perform a better analysis then what city officials have done in the past.

"It's not only more data but it's also more detailed data that we haven't used before. A lot of cities and municipalities go this way it gives them more information," said Delleney.

But the city's streets look pretty good already.

Delleney says Tyler's Pavement Condition Index ranges in the high 70s on a range from zero to 100, making Tyler's streets in the above average category and better than most of the state.

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Another way to waste taxpayer money. Good grief.

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