States Explore Drone Technologies to Improve Data, Save Time

Drone programs can expand traffic management and bridge inspection opportunities for states, but they can also create savings to benefit other projects, according to one transportation official whose agency has been using the devices for nearly a year.

The Arizona Department of Transportation purchased its first drone in spring 2017, and agency spokesman Doug Nintzel said the aircraft has since been used for survey data and traffic videos.

For example, Nintzel said ADOT has used the device to survey a section of State Route 88 that suffered rain damage as well as take aerial video of traffic to the Arizona Renaissance Fair, which takes place about 50 miles east of Phoenix and runs for about two months every year …

Transport Topics | April 2, 2018

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