Traffic count activities for 2020 started on March 9. The Region collects traffic count data on a three-year rotation basis with collection taking place in two counties each year.
Traffic Count Counties 2020
This year’s traffic counts will take place in Wabash and Huntington Counties. We started this year with railroad crossing counts. There are 54 rail crossings in Wabash County, and 31 in Huntington County to be collected. This data is given to INDOT which then distributes it to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The data is used by our planning partners to improve safety at railroad crossings.
Region 3-A also does local traffic counts on non-state and federal highways. Staff will collect data at 40 locations in both Wabash and Huntington Counties. The data is submitted to the State’s statistical group and is then attached to a webmap. This information is combined with traffic counts submitted by the INDOT District and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO’s) to complete all the counts that INDOT requires for a given year. This website is available to the public.
The County Engineers or Highway Superintendents are given 15 discretionary traffic counts to help with their planning efforts. This traffic count data allows for tracking of trends, and possible development in areas of the respective county.
This year we will also complete two accident studies. Accident studies involve a review of high accident locations. A meeting is requested with the County Sheriff and County Engineers or Highway Superintendents to evaluate the areas in question. From there, one area is determined to be problematic; traffic counts are conducted, and a report is produced. These reports can then be advanced to a Safety Audit for possible remediation.
Region 3-A staff is also available for technical help with Community Crossing Applications, and Corridor and Traffic Impact Studies.