Last spring, the Iowa DOT expanded its pavement data collection activities to include all paved roads in the state. Previously, data was collected only on Federal-aid routes. The Iowa DOT is paying for this data collection as part of its efforts to promote asset management among all jurisdictions responsible for roads.
As a result of the increased scope of data collection, we've received calls and questions from several communities about the data collection vans. The purpose of this note is to alert you that you may observe these vans in your community. The vans are white with an ARAN (Automatic Road Analyzer) logo on the side.
If you would like more information about pavement data collection, the Iowa Pavement Management Program (IPMP) web site is a good resource. The page below, which is advertising a free workshop on pavement data collection and uses, shows a picture of what the ARAN vans look like, as well as the areas of the state where pavement data collection is currently in-progress.