Officials consider hiring AI firm to look at Cecil roads

Cecil is considering hiring a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff to help assess the surface conditions of roughly 100 miles of local roads.

During Monday’s supervisors meeting, officials discussed a proposal by Pittsburgh-based RoadBotics to create an interactive map of township roads. The maps the company develops are meant to help guide decisions about road maintenance and repair.

“It doesn’t do the engineering work,” said township engineer Dan Deiseroth, president of Gateway Engineers. “What it does is, it does the inspections, so that (public works director) Bill (Botoroff) and our office can look at those pictures, with the grade, and say, ‘Hey, does this make sense to take care of this road this year?’ Then you can begin to prioritize them.”