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Network analyst routing optimization

Question asked by chandlerc1 on May 14, 2019
Latest reply on May 15, 2019 by MMorang-esristaff

I'm currently trying to map out an optimized route for reading water meters in our district. We use an automated meter reading radio system, so we just have to drive past the meters to get the reading. No stopping is required. The problem is, I can't find a way to make this work with the network analyst routing tool. The results I'm getting include driving down each side of the road to get meter readings on each side, but in reality that isn't required. Driving down the road will grab the meter readings on both sides of the road. So the routing that's been created by network analyst includes a lot of unnecessary doubling back and traversing the same road more than once. It all seems a bit counter-intuitive in the end, because logically the next stop is actually 100 steps into the sequence. Has anybody else in the utility industry (or anywhere else) come across this problem?