Pavement condition data collection to begin in Oak Ridge this week

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (Oct. 20, 2021) – Oak Ridger’s may notice a van conducting pavement condition assessments and inspection work around the City beginning as early as this week.

The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), which is a collaborative group of public agency planning partners including Oak Ridge, assigns priorities to regional transportation initiatives.

The TPO has contracted with Applied Pavement Technology, Inc. (APTech) to perform pavement condition assessment and inspection work from October to December 2021. Using advanced pavement testing tools, APTech will assess pavement conditions for agencies to use the data to identify the streets most in need of repairs and develop multi-year maintenance and rehabilitation plans.

Citizens can expect to see an APTech van equipped with specialized technology traveling area streets. APTech’s van will follow all posted traffic signs and display a warning beacon so drivers and pedestrians do not encounter any driving impacts.

“Everyday traffic and weather have a significant impact on our roads; identifying and measuring pavement conditions now will help us avoid bigger issues on our roadway network in the future,” said Roger Flynn, Oak Ridge City Engineer. “This project with APTech will help us make informed, data-driven decisions when planning our agency’s roadway maintenance.”

To assist agencies with the task of managing pavement assets, and to help support performance-based accountable decision making about pavement needs, the Knoxville TPO developed a two-phased project for Pavement Management Services.

In the first phase, the agency engaged member agencies to evaluate their needs and desires in the area. In Phase 2 of the effort, condition data will be collected, and pavement management systems will be implemented for each participating agency, including the cities of Knoxville, Oak Ridge, and Clinton, and Blount County. The City of Maryville also elected to participate in the condition data collection portion of the work and will use that data in their GIS system to plan work needs.

“Roadways are one of the most valuable assets a city or county maintains, and APTech is proud to help Knoxville area communities proactively protect them,” said Mark Gardner, Program Director with APTech.

The data collection project schedule is subject to change due to timing of other utility projects, weather, special events, and any unforeseen circumstances. For more information, please visit www.OakRidgeTN.gov.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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