California Backlog of Deferred Road Maintenance has Become “Critical”

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Jan 282017
 

Crews work last February on a joint construction project between Caltrans and the city of Sacramento near Capitol Mall. The governor and Legislature haven’t been able to agree yet on a transportation funding plan. (Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press)

Vancouver can’t afford to tend streets

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Aug 122013
 

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Council receives audit on shortfall for building, maintaining its largest asset

Source: Stephanie Rice
Columbian staff writer
www.columbian.com

If you’re unhappy with the city’s improvements on Northeast 137th/138th Avenue from Northeast 28th to 49th streets, take heart: The city doesn’t have any money to continue the project from 49th Street north to Fourth Plain Road.

The city also doesn’t have money for four other high-priority capital improvement projects:

• Northeast 18th Street from Four Seasons Lane to Northeast 137th Avenue.

• Southeast First Street from Southeast 164th to 192nd avenues.

• Northeast 18th Street from Northeast 107th to 97th/98th avenues.

• Jefferson Street/Kauffman Avenue between Evergreen and W. Fourth Plain boulevards.

All together, the five projects would cost $46.1 million.

The Vancouver City Council was presented with a grim confirmation Monday of what it knew, that it is millions of dollars short on its goals of reconstructing streets, including ones that were built to a rural standard (such as Southeast First Street) and can’t handle urban traffic.

The councilors didn’t make any policy decisions Monday. They are scheduled to set a policy by mid-to-late November on how to best manage long-term transportation needs, including how those needs should be financed.

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MicroPAVER Field Inspector 1.0

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May 242012
 

PAVER Field Inspector™ is the new PAVER™ companion software that takes advantage of GIS/ GPS state of the art technology as well as innovative graphics to facilitate pavement inspection using handheld computer tablets.

The program allows the user to identify his location on a pavement network map displayed on his/her tablet computer.  As the user clicks on the section to be inspected, the program already knows all the section information and the user is ready for immediate data entry.  As the user is entering pavement distress data, the PCI is being calculated and displayed to the inspector in real time and the program has built significant data entry validation tools to identify errors before they are recorded.

When inspecting concrete pavement, the program allows the user to generate graphics of the individual concrete panels (slabs) and record identified distresses on each slab.  These graphics are stored with the inspection and can be viewed later.  When inspection is completed, the program generates an error free XML file for import into PAVER.

The program has wide applications especially for agencies with more than one  evaluation team where each team is assigned to inspect different parts of the airfield and the data are later imported into the main copy of PAVER™.

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