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TxDOT launches annual traffic counts

These 24-hour counts will be collecting information along with TxDot’s on system roadways to try and determine ways to keep drivers safe
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 1:04 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) -Every year, TxDot must determine exactly how much are public roads are being used.

Eventually, the information being collected can be used to determine future projects in our area.

The Texas Department of Transportation will be collecting information at about 1,000 different sites here in South Texas.

Laredo, or rather Webb County, is grouped with Dimmit, Duval, Kinney, La Salle, Maverick, Val Verde, and Zavala counties.

The testing began on Monday will continue until near the end of the month.

These 24-hour counts will be collecting information along with TxDot’s on system roadways to try and determine ways to keep drivers in these areas safer.

This is an annual event where roughly 80,000 of those traffic counts throughout the state are analyzed.

During this period, TxDot focuses on interstate highways, united highways, and farm to market roads.

The data is used to create average annual daily traffic which supports federal, state, regional, and local transportation projects and activities, including the design maintenance, safety planning, and overall roadway performance.

Traffic count data is required by the HPMS or Highway Performance Monitoring System which is eventually submitted to the federal authorities.

If you’re interested in keeping track, you can follow the TxDOT Laredo tweet page.

As of last year, more than 92% of highway construction projects were completed on time thanks to surveys such as the annual traffic count.

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