Tablet-based bridge data collection
Bridge inspections have been on-going and soon the data is transferred directly from the field to the bridge database using a tablet and bridge inspection tool.
Road inventory training
Bridge inspections on the way
The first 12 bridges have been inspected. It is not yet known how many bridges there are in total, but the current estimate is 180. The bridge inspection was slow in the beginning as the future inspectors were trained at the same time. During the first week of inspections the inspection time was reduced from three hours to half an hour.
Traffic counters installed
Ten portable traffic counters have now been installed on the traffic counting locations. The counters will remain for a week on the spot and then they are moved to new locations. Later, the portable counters are complemented with permanent counters and manual traffic counting.
Traffic counter training
Training was given by Metrocount on installation and operation of portable traffic counters. The Ministry has 12 units that will be used for one-week counts on approximately 200 locations. Weekly traffic count data is complemented with manual counts as well as permanent counting in two locations.
Drone for inspections
Mobile phone -based survey
Mainly D and E class roads are also surveyed by a mobile phone with Roadroid application. The phone is mounted on the windshield and set to take a photo every 3 seconds. The phone will also collect GPS coordinates as well as International Roughness Index. The photos will be used to assess the road condition in each location for potholes, cracking and edge break.
Traffic counters have arrived. Twelve movable counters from Metrocount and two permanent counters from Sensebit were delivered. The location for permanent traffic counters will be deciced soon and they will be installed under the pavement. Movable counters will be placed for a week on one location and they will circulate through all the zones in road classes A, B and C.