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SAN DIEGO -- Tucked away on a pockmarked street in Linda Vista, Mayor Kevin Faulconer demonstrated Tuesday afternoon an innovative technology the City of San Diego is employing to make street repair more efficient and effective.

The technology, Cartegraph, will cost the city nearly $550,000 to lease two cars, which will drive around town assessing potholes, bumps and overall road conditions.

“We’re going forward with a five-year plan to double street efforts,” said Mayor Faulconer.

The vehicles are outfitted with line scan cameras to generate condition data that helps determine the cost of maintaining the city’s road network. Cartegraph will assess all 2,774 miles of streets – 2,659 miles of asphalt and 115 miles of concrete roads – in the city over the next year.

The last citywide assessment occurred in 2011 and the City Auditor’s Office has recommended the street network be surveyed at least once every four years.

During his State of the City speech, Mayor Faulconer said he would bring forward a series of reforms to repair the City’s repair system.

“With this level of technical exam, we will be able to direct where the most need is first and prioritize and go from there,” said councilmember Scott Sherman.

The vehicles have been collecting data in north part of the city since late January.

Los Angeles is one of the cities to utilize the technology.

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1 Comment

  • Mike

    Give me some community service “voluntolds” wheelbarrows, hot patch, rollers and shovels and I could put a bigger dent in the pothole situation than a couple of Prius’s to tell us how bad the roads are. How about elucidating the SD County website where you can report potholes.

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