Data to be collected on Peoria roads

By Beau Ebenezer

April 4, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 11:16 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- After this year's winter. Many streets in the city of Peoria look like they have taken a real beating.

But there is good news. New technology could bring Peoria roads back up to speed in the near future.

The city has hired a pavement engineering firm to do a study on every single street in the city.

In the coming weeks, cargo vans will gather surface data using lasers, which penetrate the pavement.

All of the information collected will be stored in a geographic information system database.

The city will use this database to plan and prioritize street maintenance.

"The real important part is knowing which kind of investment we should make in our city to keep our infrastructure at a certain level or have it gain certain aspects of being a better infrastructure," said Peoria Public Works Director, Mike Rogers.

Rogers expects to complete the project by August, just in time to present their capital plan to the city council.

But just how badly do drivers need road improvements?

"I think it is the worst year we have had yet," said Peoria driver, Karene Myers. "I have been out and about. There is not one road that I have found where you don't have to drive around something."

"They have been very terrible," said Peoria driver, Leah day. "I have actually had to replace a tire about a month ago because I fell in a pot hole."

It's a problem hitting drivers all over for the last several months.

Peoria City Councilwoman Denise Moore said she has been fighting it since last year.

Moore said roads in her district are wore down and need improvements now.

When she originally asked what the city's plan was to address these streets, she was told there wasn't one.

"If you took a right down Grinnell Street, it is like a roller coaster," said 1st district city councilwoman, Denise Moore. "You go up and down, up and down, and if you go too fast you might bump the undercarriage. There has been a long time that that street hasn't had any attention. This study will definitely impact my district significantly."

This will be the first database of roads the city has ever had.

Moore thinks it will improve the safety of drivers as well as prevent future wear and tear of roads.

Vans will begin collecting data in the coming weeks.

They will need about two months to collect all the data from all over Peoria.