Posted Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
|Freeholder Dave Scapicchio (right) examines high-tech road equipment
with Nick Hutton, project manager for Michael Baker Jr. Inc.
Pittsburgh-based consultant Michael Baker Jr. Inc’s team is driving every mile of county roads in all 39 Morris County municipalities this fall with a special vehicle that will assess damage and deterioration rates.
The raw data collected over the next several weeks will be used to develop a pavement management database, to aid in prioritizing work and determining appropriate roadway maintenance measures, Baker’s project manager Nick Hutton explained at a press briefing today in Parsippany.
He was joined by Morris County Freeholder Dave Scapicchio, County Director of Planning and Public Works Deena Leary, County Engineer Chris Vitz, and county senior engineer Jennifer Molter.
The consultant firm, which has a $230,000 contract with the county, is employing a new Pavemetrics™ Laser Crack Measurement System (LCMS). That technology automatically detects cracks, rutting and other roadway characteristics by capturing 2D and 3D images of a highway with high-speed cameras, custom optics and laser line projectors.
|High-Tech equipped vehicle that will be used to analyze all county roads|
Hutton said the work began last week and will last at least through the end of this month, as crews work seven-days-a-week on the project.
The Morris County Freeholders over the past several years have stressed the need to maintain and upgrade the county’s 280 mile road network, which in 2015 –for a second consecutive year – has been getting a facelift on more than 30 miles of county maintained roads.
In fact, to expedite projects, the freeholders for the past two years approved short-term financing to allow the county to bid projects early in the season and move full-speed-ahead during the spring and summer on a full slate of road repaving, allocating the more than $10 million full cost of the road resurfacing, even before the state has approved its share of the costs.
The county’s costs, minus state reimbursement in 2015, is about $6.2 million.
The county is winding down on its 2015 road resurfacing program, with a nearly three-mile section of heavily traveled Changebridge Road in Montville now underway.
More than 20 major roadways across the county have been resurfaced this year.
For more information on the Pavemetrics system used by Michael Baker International, visit: