The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments relies on traffic counts from member jurisdictions for tracking vehicle and classification count data to analyze volumes and freight movement over time. In Benton & Franklin counties traffic counts are important for use in the Tri-City Area Traffic Model, Local comprehensive plans and economic development by private sector developers, real estate professionals and property owners. Local jurisdictions rely on Average Daily Traffic (ADT) when making road improvements to determine traffic closures, detours and staging. Traffic count data is useful for determining future roadway and capacity needs and also as input to assist in establishing Federal Functional Classifications.
In the near future, the system performance requirements of the federal legislation titled Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) will be finalized. Once the requirements are finalized, performance targets will be set in regards to safety, pavement management and congestion management. Traffic count data will be important as part of the metrics used to measure performance targets. Performance measures will play a direct role in identifying transportation investments.
Traffic data is also used in the application process for state transportation funding programs such as the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board (FMSIB), Transportation Investment Board (TIB) and County Road Assessment Board (CRAB).
Starting in the Spring of 2016 approximately 630 locations were counted throughout Benton and Franklin Counties. Each location was counted on a 72 hour time period mid-week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) collecting vehicle volume, classification and speed. Collecting traffic counts by this method ensures the data will be collected in a uniform way at the same time of the week and same time of year.
For more information on the Regional Traffic Count Program please contact Geoff Wagner
For 2016 Regional Traffic Count data, please download the City or County Zip file. Each file contains three Excel files and three Adobe.pdf files. Both contain Vehicle Volume, Vehicle Classification and Vehicle Speed. In each file there is also an Excel file with the corresponding location number called ‘Tube Sites and Coordinates’ which gives the location of the count site.