Roadway Condition Assessment to Begin January 22

road assessment vanDon’t be alarmed if you see what might remind you of the Ghostbusters Van around town during the next week or two – it is just collecting data on our roadway system and its condition.

In order to develop long-term maintenance plans and budgets, the City of Grand Junction has engaged the Tempe, AZ-based firm IMS Infrastructure Management Services LLC to complete a detailed inventory and condition rating of all roadways and certain select right-of-way areas owned by the City. The data will be collected and loaded into an asset management program specifically designed to assist municipalities to develop long-term rehabilitation plans and budgets. The field surveys are completed using specialized surveying equipment.

The process will be to inventory and collect RST on street.jpgpavement performance data using a device known as a Laser Road Surface Tester or RST. This device measures pavement roughness, rutting, cracking and other surface distresses as it travels down the roadway. It will also be used to collect digital video and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) information for cataloging right-of-way assets (such as sidewalks, curbs, and gutters). The RST is a 2014 one-ton Ford van with up to 5 inside-mounted cameras and GPS receivers and a modified front bumper. Operated by three field technicians, the RST travels at posted speed limits and will survey each roadway at least once.

This information will be formatted and uploaded into the City’s asset management system and will be utilized to prioritize future construction projects, as well as to help track the City’s improvement progress from recent roadway projects.

The roadway assessment is expected to begin January 22 and will take a little more than a week, weather permitting.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or

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