Gastonia engineers now using high-tech company to evaluate street conditions

Gastonia to use technology to analyze roads

GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) - Some streets in Gastonia are so bad that residents are pleading with the city to do something about them. The main issue - those annoying pot holes that can cause damage to your car.

City engineers say they plan to use technology to assess the roads before actually fixing them.

In the past, the city has used contractors who examine streets with just their eyes. After getting recommendations from cities like Wilmington and Carolina Beach about this new technology, this could be the answer to some drivers' prayers, as they've compared the potholes to the Grand Canyon.

Ask a handful of drivers in Gastonia and they'll tell you they feel like the city is plagued with potholes.

"They're pretty horrible. Driving through Gastonia and hitting potholes is not good for a brand new car," Gastonia native Corinna Taylor.

Taylor says the only way to avoid the street craters is to be very skilled at bobbing and weaving while behind the wheel.

"It can be like that," Taylor said, "It can definitely be like that."

Nedra James has traveled along the Gastonia streets too and has noticed the not-so-smooth ride.

"Yeah, it's somewhat bumpy," said James.

Those bumpy roads are why you'll start to see fancy trucks with special lasers around town. The city has invested nearly $100,000 for a company out of Ohio, called Transmap, to study the conditions of the city's streets using the high-tech laser scanners. This way, engineers for the city have a clearer idea as to the type of damage along the roads.

Some drivers believe the new technology is not needed and the city could save its money. They feel as if repair crews just need to take notes of what drivers are saying they experience.

"You should just listen to the drivers who are going over the potholes," said Taylor.

The analyzing of streets will not mean more money from taxpayers, as the city of Gastonia already has a budget in place for street evaluations.

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