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What’s up with all these traffic counters in Wilmington?

Ken Little

The Traffic Survey Group of the N.C. Department of Transportation collects traffic counts on a two-year cycle in the Wilmington urban area, said Kent L. Taylor, state traffic survey engineer.

“This is a regular activity for us and not a special study,” he said. “We publish Annual Average Daily Traffic estimates and submit the data to the Federal Highway Administration, where it is used for many purposes, including apportionment of federal highway funds.”

The published Traffic Volume Maps show where the Traffic Survey Group counts in the Wilmington area, Taylor said.

The Traffic Survey Group doesn’t spend all its time collecting AADT estimates in Wilmington, Taylor said.

“We are responsible for traffic monitoring of highways across the state for the N.C. DOT,” he said.

The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization also has a traffic count program and conducts traffic counts at approximately 325 locations twice a year, city of Wilmington spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said.

“The MPO also collects special counts for corridor analysis and turning movements counts for intersection analysis,” she said.

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