Traffic counts can be a valuable tool for many purposes. The City uses traffic count data for traffic engineering and planning purposes. This data can also be helpful to land developers and retail businesses to determine how to best identify and serve potential costumers.
The City of Wichita Falls has 3 methods for collecting Traffic Counts
The most common method uses the Nu-metrics NC200 lane counters. These counters are temporarily installed in a travel lane to collect data for a 24 hour or 1 week period. The data collected includes the number of vehicles, vehicle type, vehicle speed and weather conditions.
When more detailed data is required a manual count is performed. These counts are generally limited to the hours of 7 AM to 7 PM the additional data may include turn movement information, pedestrian movement and vehicle delay information. The final method is to collect vehicle count data directly from selected traffic signal locations utilizing the Centracs system. This data is limited to volume counts only however, counts can be scheduled over long durations. This is helpful in predicting traffic trends.