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New software may improve paving system

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A new software will track the cracks and potholes in your neighborhood using an advanced new system.

The city used sales tax money allotted for the Albany GIS system to buy the software. The Public Works, Planning and zoning, and Engineering departments are working on it together and believe it will revolutionize city road maintenance.

The program integrates Global Information Systems and customized Maps of the city to respond and track problem areas around town all while being mobile and using less time and manpower

"This gives workers an opportunity to take his office out into the field, and to do things in his vehicle more efficiently than he'll be able to do at his office PC," says Public Works director Phil Roberson.

Workers say the system will provide a great return on the city's investment.

"The efficiency we will gain from this, and the way we go about rating streets for resurfacing, will more than pay for the expense of the hardware and software down the line,"says Roberson.

The city is putting information into the program now. They will actually start using it to manage road projects in fall 2012.

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