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E-Scene November 2022

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PathWeb update

By: Bill Meinholz, Projects Engineer

The 2022 season of pavement testing is almost done. This year the testing team faced different difficulties than the last two years when COVID-19 delayed the start of the driving season. Multiple equipment issues sidelined driving for several weeks throughout the season, along with staffing shortages. At this time, there is still a chance all counties will be driven as long as the weather continues to cooperate. If your county does not get tested this year, we will let you know and you will be first in 2023. The counties that have completed testing and have data are being processed and reports will be out as soon as possible.

For those that are new, PathWeb is a web-based application for viewing current road rating data and video logs. Counties are driven every two years and data updated when complete. PathWeb is accessible right now for all county engineers and their staff. Please request access by using the form on the PathWeb webpage. Below are a few examples of what is visible on PathWeb.

Roadway image video logs

GIS mapping

There will at least two upcoming opportunities for PathWeb information and training. The first will be at the MCEA Annual Conference (January 17-20) where Melissa Cole will be going over how PathWeb data is gathered. Later in January or February, at least one online training session will be presented. The intended audience is all county staff that uses the data and video log. Included in the training will be a demo of PathWeb, an explanation of the equipment and measurements, and possibly an example of how the data that is sent to the counties is used. At the two training sessions held last winter, we had almost 100 attendees representing at least 35 counties. Hopefully we can have even more this year! Please stay tuned for a future announcement about the upcoming training session.

For more information feel free to reach out to Loren Hill or Bill Meinholz in State Aid or visit the PathWeb webpage for more details or to request access.