GDOT eyes new technology to improve road conditions - CBS46 News

GDOT eyes new technology to improve road conditions

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Driving on Georgia's major roads can be bumpy at times. That is why the Georgia Department of Transportation will soon use new technology to assess the condition of state roads.

GDOT has contracted with Pathway Services from Tulsa, OK, to provide high-digital imagery, pavement data and road characteristics of the entire state route and national highway system.

Transportation officials gave CBS Atlanta News a sneak peek of the van that will be used to perform the survey.

The van is equipped with the tools to survey some 52,000 miles of road using high resolution imagery, according to a GDOT representative.

"The vehicle actually takes pictures of our road way. There are three super high definition cameras on there that will take pictures at the same time. So it's basically like a wide angle look at our road way," said Jill Goldberg, GDOT spokeswoman.

The digital images collected will allow Department of Transportation data users to navigate an entire road system from their desktop computers.

"When our staff had to do this we had about 30 people," Goldberg said. "It took nearly five years to get one full cycle, so this is going to be much more efficient and we are able to complete it within four to five months."

Commuters hope that time saved will eventually mean better driving conditions on Georgia's roads.

"Anything we can do to improve what we have now would be great," said commuter Thomas Ealey.

GDOT does not own this new technology, so the project will cost taxpayers $2.3 million.

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