Traffic Counts

CUPPAD Regional Commission offers traffic counting as a free service to local jurisdictions in Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Marquette, and Menominee Counties.

How is traffic count data collected?


Vehicles are counted by CUPPAD in various locations throughout the six central counties each year.  A traffic analyzer sensor is placed directly in the traffic lane to measure data; an adhesive sheet is used to keep the sensor in place on the roadway.  The sensor can be installed and removed quickly and easily. The traffic sensors are placed on a section of highway for a minimal 24-hour period to monitor traffic flow conditions on a local roadway, bridge, parking garage, construction area, or in and out of local points of interest, to provide key data necessary for effective traffic analysis. The sensor utilizes Vehicle Magnetic Imaging (VMI) technology to detect vehicle count, speed, and classification. The data is easily exported to a computer where it can be presented in the form of reports, charts, and graphs.




How are the counts used?


Traffic count data is used by state and local transportation officials in the planning of road improvements and monitoring of traffic conditions. In the private sector – realtors, bankers, developers, economic development agencies, as well as citizens also use traffic count data for a variety of purposes.


When are traffic counts taken?


Traffic counts are usually taken from May through October depending on the weather conditions.

How do I request a traffic count?


Requesting traffic counts can be done by calling the CUPPAD offices or filling out our contact form.



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