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High-tech van used to pick roads for repair

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GONZALES - Ascension Parish is using a high-tech van to decide which roads are in need of repair.

The transportation committee meets today to discuss the list of roads that are recommended for maintenance. That's when Jason Taylor, a parish engineer, will present the data he's analyzed.

"If you don't do something on them now, they'll get very expensive to repair, so what we're trying to do is keep our good roads good, and for the roads that are on the lower end of things repair them," said Taylor.

The van allows the parish to collect hard-data and score the roads in the parish, to give a better idea of what needs a fix.

"It's data driven, your road is where it is, because of the real condition of the road, not what we believe it is because we drove by it and there's a bump in the road, but what the computer says the real condition of that road is," said Teri Casso, councilwoman for District 8.

The transportation committee is expected to make a decision on the recommendations this evening.

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