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Hampton/Shaler

Hampton officials hire firm to conduct road study

| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 4:03 p.m.
Hampton hires RoadBotics to access the condition of roads in township
Hampton hires RoadBotics to access the condition of roads in township

An analysis of almost 80 miles of roads in Hampton Township will be performed this year by RoadBotics, a firm specializing in advanced road monitoring technology.

Specifically, Hampton council approved to hire the company to do a one-time analysis on all of the township roads, which total 77.9 miles.

The analysis will give each road a “report card,” said Christopher Lochner, municipal manager for the township.

The assessment will be done in 2018 at a cost of $3,700, which Lochner said was very reasonable for the amount of work done.

“We're looking forward to seeing what we get and so are our engineers. Any time we can qualify something, it makes it a whole heck of a lot easier,” said Lochner.

RoadBotics offers comprehensive automated pavement assessments using advanced machine learning, according to its website.

Specifically, they drive every single road taking in data using video and GPS abilities from a simple smartphone, according to Nikhil Ranga, product manager for RoadBotics.

They use their software to “analyze roads for various types of distresses” and give a one to five level score, or green to red, he said. One is being least damaged.

He said it provides an objective look at the roads and the results are very easy to comprehend. Also, engineers can justify why a certain road may be fixed ahead of another.

The first time the township will be able to use the data will be in 2019. And it will help with a minimum of five years of planning to maximum of 10, said Lochner

Bethel Park, McCandless and Ross Township are some recent customers, said Ranga. They have 28 customers in eight states.

• In other news about roads, Allegheny County is expected to begin work on Duncan Avenue in Hampton Township in May.

As part of a County Group Paving Project, Duncan Avenue will be milled and paved, and a guardrail and drainage will be installed from Route 8 to Thompson Run Road, according to Stephen G. Shanley, PE, director of Public Works for Allegheny County.

“There is not yet a timeline for that work, but we expect it will be done sometime this year. The exact cost has not been determined as the contract is out for bid now,” he said.

Allegheny officials requested permission to work slightly outside of Hampton Township's current noise ordinance, extending it an hour earlier. So for this project, the ordinance will allow work to begin at 6 a.m., instead of the regular 7 a.m. ordinance allowance.

Hampton's noise ordinance is from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., according to Susan Bernet, assistant manager for the township.

Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.

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