Recently, a company contacted Traffic Data Inc. to help collect traffic data for their upcoming research project. Most of our traffic counts focus on daily volumes, turning movement counts, and/or gap studies. This study was unique in that our client was interested in documenting vehicle merging and weaving patterns at freeway interchanges. This presented a couple of unique challenges, including...
Tom Sachi from SRF Consulting Group was telling us about a big problem they had with their tube counters out at the Minneapolis St. Paul airport. The airport uses so much salt on the roads that SRF’s padlocks end up corroding/sticking and they couldn’t get them open this winter. They had to cut their chains to get the tube counters free.
Mark Ray, Crystal, Minnesota City Engineer and Public Works Director, put his COUNTcams to great use in educating his council members. He put together the video below to show how busy roads are during the p.m. peak hour with ADTs of 19,000 vehicles per day, 8,000 vpd, 700 vpd, and 100 vpd. Note – the videos are playing at 4x speed because most roads are painfully slow to watch at 1x speed.
Our data collection firm, Traffic Data Inc., is now on the market for a new traffic counting vehicle. We wanted to share with you some of the features we’re looking for. These are things that we’ve noticed in other vehicles and simple best practices from our experience.