Metuchen pioneers Road Management
Metuchen (New Jersey) is one of the first US municipalities to manage their road network with the vialytics System. Metuchens Borough Administrator Melissa Perilstein is responsible for keeping the boroughs road network in good shape. She shares her insights after the first few months of using the system and highlights the improvements in comparison to prior methods of road management.
The borough of Metuchen is surrounded by the Edison Township in Middlesex County, in the Northeast of New Jersey. Counting around 15.000 inhabitants, Metuchen implemented the vialytics system in June 2023. The boroughs' most famous son is TV magician David Copperfield, who even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
"There was no systematic process"
According to Melissa Perilstein, one of Metuchens main challenges in the past was ensuring a proper methodology for categorizing roadway conditions: “We were looking to take the somewhat subjective component out of the mix and to keep the data up to date. But most of it was based on a compilation of resident complaints, engineering, and DPW evaluations. There was no systematic process.”
Keeping up with budgets and regulations while implementing measures can be overwhelming. Many cities and towns struggle with outdated, manual recording of road conditions, often still done with pen and paper. Time-consuming and subjective evaluation of this data hinders the ability to take quick measures where needed.
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