Traffic Counts

The Traffic Counting Program is an integral part of the Transportation System Surveillance. BHJ foresees traffic counting as the foundation of a performance measurement-based planning program consistent with MAP-21 planning requirements. This program provides a sound and factual basis to support ongoing transportation planning work. Annually, between March and October, BHJ collects traffic count information from approximately 375 individual traffic counters throughout the region. Traffic counting is valuable for Travel Demand Model development, highway performance monitoring including pavement condition ratings, identification of probable economic growth patterns, safety-engineering studies, and other miscellaneous transportation planning activities.

Each year, BHJ compiles a Traffic Count Program Report that typically details each year’s traffic counting activity and the data collected at the traffic count locations throughout the tri-county study area. Almost half of all traffic counts BHJ collects are for Short-Range Planning activities, typically highway performance monitoring on local roads, streets, and highways where neither ODOT nor WVDOT has administrative responsibility. In continuing, more than 35% of the remaining traffic data is collected for Long-Range Planning efforts for the Travel Demand Modeling program at either a screen or a cordon line location, while the Surveillance Program accounts for the rest of the counting program.

Traffic counts are collected in three-year cycles (Years 1, 2  & 3). with Year 1 starting in 2006. Each Cycle Year concentrates on various geographic areas through out study area. Following each Calendar Year, BHJ compiles a Traffic Count Program Report that typically details each year’s traffic counting activity and the data collected at the traffic count locations throughout the tri-county study area.

  • Year 1 (2006, 2009, 2012 & 2015) traffic counts are inside the Steubenville, OH Central Business District, selected rural sites in Jefferson County, OH, and locations in Hancock County, WV north of Weirton, WV.
  • Year 2 (2007, 2010, 2013 & 2016) traffic counts are in locations in southern Jefferson County and Toronto, OH, and north of Weirton, as well as screenline counts in Follansbee and Wellsburg in Brooke County, WV.
  • Year 3 (2008, 2011, 2014 & 2017) traffic counts are taken in locations in northern Jefferson County, rural incorporated areas of the county, and Weirton, WV as well as locations throughout Brooke County, WV. 

Point and select a traffic count station to review the traffic data. Each station represents a directional flow of traffic that is east (EB), west (WB), south (SB), or north (NB). The 24-Hr Total represents the raw data count for the day the BHJ collected the traffic count data. The ADT (Avg Daily Traffic) is the product of the 24-Hr Total multiplied by the ADT Factor. This represents total volume of vehicle traffic of that highway or road for the year BHJ collected the traffic count.

A detailed report for each year is available at the links listed below.

Further detailed information is available upon request by contacting Nicholas Orsay, BHJ Transportation Study Engineer at 740-282-3685 x208 or email norsay@bhjmpc.org When requesting information for individual traffic count stations, please include the Count  ID.

 

 

Production of this Document paid for by funds from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Ohio Department of Transportation, West Virginia Department of Transportation and dues from BHJ member governments.