New technology could help maintain public streets

The Department of Public Works could soon have a new high-tech gadget to aid in their maintenance of San Francisco’s troublesome network of public roads.

The  Metropolitan Transportation Commission, a state agency in charge of funding and planning for the Bay Area, announced the release of the MobileRater on Monday. The new software program helps street maintenance evaluators instantly load reports of cracked and run-down roads.

The technology, which can be used in hand-held devices, would let onsite DPW employees calculate the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) — a street safety standard — of San Francisco roads.

DPW spokeswoman Christine Falvey said the department already uses other software technology from the MTC, and would welcome the MobileRater to assist with the agency’s ongoing data collection efforts.

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