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New equipment helps New Orleans identify, repair, track potholes

City has no shortage of potholes. (FOX 8 Photo) City has no shortage of potholes. (FOX 8 Photo)
The Road Tester 3000 is equipped with lasers, GPS and high-definition digital imaging systems. (FOX 8 Photo) The Road Tester 3000 is equipped with lasers, GPS and high-definition digital imaging systems. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The City of New Orleans is using and will use three new pieces of equipment to help identify, fill, and track potholes around the city.

The first, the Road Tester 3000, is a truck equipped with lasers, GPS and high-definition digital imaging systems to collect data about pavement. City employees started using the Road Tester 3000 in December 2014, and their assessment will continue through the spring of 2015. Learn more about the truck by clicking here.

Once problem spots are identified, two new “pothole killer” trucks will be used, starting in the summer of 2015, to make spot repairs on city streets. These trucks are part of the city's $2.5 million allocation for street maintenance, an increase of over $800,000 from 2014.

As potholes are identified, residents can use a new online tool to track repair progress. Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office says the new roadwork.nola.gov website provides the most accurate view of all roadwork happening in New Orleans.

“There is a historic infrastructure improvement program underway right now with billions of dollars hitting the streets so that every neighborhood in New Orleans is being touched by this recovery.” according to a statement from Press Secretary Brad Howard.

Howard says since 2010, Mayor Landrieu's administration has fixed 170,000 potholes across New Orleans.

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