Drones providing safer, more cost-effective bridge inspections on Essex highways

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Drone inspection of bridges saves money, prevents road closures, and improves repair programs.

Camera drones are already in use in industry but, in a major innovation, drones and associated technologies are now helping Essex Highway engineers carefully inspect critical structures such as bridges and culverts in a better, more secure and recordable.

Councilor Lee Scott, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways Maintenance and Sustainable Transportation, witnessed a demonstration of drones in action on the Wid River Bridge, located on the A414 Greenbury Way , Chelmsford.

Take a look at a video of the Essex Highways demo here: https://youtu.be/mXfxVFhhjZI

Councilor Lee Scott said: “Using advanced drone technology in this way to help us inspect and maintain bridges much more efficiently is a huge benefit to road users in Essex. We have about 1,500 bridges and culverts across the county and if we have to close them, residents, businesses, local services and other road users all suffer.

“Council is fully committed to rapidly advancing this innovation and others to help us manage all of our bridges and other structural assets to help us make the most of highway budgets.

“Our strategic partnership with Ringway Jacobs continues to deliver major improvements like this, for everyone in Essex.”

Last updated 13 hours ago

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