Specialized Van Hits Fayetteville Streets to Analyze Street Conditions


If you live in Fayetteville, you might have seen a mysterious van slowly roaming around neighborhoods.

The specialized van, known as a laser road surface tester, is measuring and performing an analysis of the city’s street pavement roughness, rutting, cracking and sidewalk conditions, according to the City of Fayetteville.

It takes three field technicians to operate the van, which travels about 15 miles per hour.

The information gathered is to help the city with logistics during transportation projects, according to the city’s engineering division.

“Based on the condition of each street, again, that’ll be placed into a spreadsheet and it will allow us to — based on our budgets — to make decisions about where to put our dollars as we go through the next few years,” said Chris Brown, engineer for the city.

The van will survey city roads through March 21, according to the city officials.

The entire project will be complected by the spring of 2019.

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