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The city of Jackson has hired a Canadian company to rate the quality or inequality of every street in the capital city. The city of Jackson has hired a Canadian company to rate the quality or inequality of every street in the capital city.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The city of Jackson has hired a Canadian company to rate the quality or inequality of every street in the capital city.

The company called Stantec will be using laser technology to grade the city's streets over the next few weeks.  A computer set up in a van will measure shocks and grade the streets on a scale of 0  to 1000, 0 being the worst. 

The city says they'll pave any streets that get a rating below 300.

"What we're trying to do is establish a systematic approach to preserving and improving our roadway infrastructure here in Jackson.  It's going to allow us to develop a methodical plan on resurfacing our streets and also routine maintenance," Mayor Harvey Johnson said.

The city paid $390,000 for Stantec to use the van to compile its report.

They've already covered 1,600 miles since the survey began in April.  The city has roughly 1,200 miles of roadway. The van must travel each street both ways to provide a full evaluation.

Stantec is about five days from completing its street study.  They will deliver the report to the city over the next couple months.

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