Fayetteville City Council Approves New Technology for Roads


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA)– Most drivers know that feeling of hitting a pothole.

But, new technology approved by the Fayetteville City Council could mean you won’t experience that again.

The city hired a company called IMS that uses a system of trucks with video cameras and lasers to look for cracks and imperfections on roads.

Right now, the company is using a device to perform what’s called  “deflection testing.”

This determines if the condition of road pavement can support the weight of traffic.

IMS will take these measurements and help the city design a pavement management system which will be used to repair roads.

City Engineer Chris Brown said, “This is going to give us a much more detailed, sophisticated analysis and ultimately it can save us money [and] make our money go further.”

Brown says this is the first time the city has ever done an in-depth pavement analysis.

The finished street report is expected to be done by April of 2019.

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