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Local towns hire a Wisconsin man to singlehandedly evaluate and map signage and roads throughout the state Submitted: 08/02/2015
RHINELANDER - County workers aren't the only ones who like to find issues and fix them on the roads. So does Delmore Consulting owner, Jeff Delmore.

Delmore is hired by county boards to evaluate roads, signs and culverts. He find the signs, the ranks them, helping the county prioritize what work they need to do.

"I check each sign, I mark it, GPS location and then I check the reflectivity of the sign, just the overall condition of it," said Delmore.

It usually takes three to four weeks to gather all the information for each town. Delmore's currently in the Northwoods working for towns in Vilas County.


"The town of Manitowish waters just had me do a road review for them, and so I just went through, and I rode over every road they had," said Delmore.

He then gives the roads a PASER rating, which ranks the roads quality from zero to ten. Zero is a completely failed road. This gives the town a clearer picture of road conditions.

"I can help them decide, prioritize what roads should be done now as far as maintaining the investment in the road, or which roads are too far gone," said Delmore.

Delmore takes pictures of everything. When he's done, he maps out the locations.

"The mapping system I've created with Google where all the data I collect, I put into the Google map and I make it to where a town board member just has to click on a sign to get that information about every single sign in their town," said Delmore.

Delmore says that out of everything he surveys, culverts are the most difficult to find.

"The way I find them is with my experience with roads, is I can tell where there's a big cross crack if it's a culvert sitting there or just a crack in the asphalt, and then I use a topography map to tell where the water's running, because water doesn't lie, it's going to run at the low spots," said Delmore.

Those low spots are usually where culverts are, but Delmore also uses a metal detector to make sure he's found one.

"You have to look at this not just as the asphalt surface, or not just a sign. It's the whole road system you have to look at," said Delmore.


Story By: Wren Clair

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