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The City of Kingsport recently kicked off a project to inventory the condition of all roads maintained by the city. To accomplish this, the city retained the services of Roadway Asset Services, LLC (RAS) based out of Austin, TX.

RAS is a nationwide firm that provides professional asset management and mobile data collection services to local and state government agencies.  The firm operates a fleet of sophisticated data collection vehicles equipped with an array of precision instrumentation and data collection equipment that helps inventory and manage transportation infrastructure, facilities and assets.

The RAS vans possess digital cameras that will collect imagery on all pavement and above ground, transportation-related assets located within the right-of-way. This imagery will be used to create a digital image inventory. The city conducted a similar assessment in 2016.

In order to collect all relevant data, the vehicles will be traveling all roads within Kingsport. To ensure the highest quality of data and imagery, the vehicles will only collect data during daylight hours.

If residents have any questions regarding the vehicles, the project or the process, they can call 423-229-9451 for more information.