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Mar 30

Technology and Our Secondary Roads

Posted on March 30, 2021 at 10:17 AM by Britt Nielsen

Technology and Roads Blog

Over the past five years, the Linn County Secondary Road Department has expanded its use of technology in the field and in the office to increase productivity and efficiency when working on road maintenance and construction projects. The tools used include multiple apps custom designed to track maintenance needs, project statuses, and real-time updates.

The most widely used app within the department is the Collector app, which was developed by ERSI (a third party) and customized to meet staff needs through a partnership with the Linn County GIS Department. The app consists of 12 maps with different focuses including:  

  • Culverts
  • Entrances
  • Dust Control
  • Road Centerline
  • Field Work
  • Frost Boils
  • Flood Damage
  • Road Patching
  • Roadside Management
  • Signs
  • Snow Traps
  • ·

Each map allows crews the flexibility to use technology to track, plan, and manage their work. Icons on the maps indicate projects in progress or needed maintenance and can be expanded within the app to show the current status of each item.

In addition to expanding technology use, the Linn County Secondary Road Department also prepares and presents a five-year plan to the Board of Supervisors each year. The 2021-2026 plan outlines the department’s focus on repairing and rebuilding bridges rated as poor, maintaining the condition of the paved road network, improving the condition of the 765 mile rock road network, performing preventative maintenance, and how projects are prioritized.

Learn more about the Secondary Road Department and sign up for project notifications.