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Six months of COVID and traffic volumes

Posted on September 25, 2020


Can you believe we have been at this pandemic for six months now?! There were some really positive changes to our roads at the very beginning of this – traffic volumes plummeted as a result of adults working from home, kids distance learning, and all our extracurricular activities cancelled. It’s been six months and people have figured out to socialize at a distance, make-do with ordering take out, and everyone has seemed to take up the same weekend activity: camping! With all that being said, people are finding excuses to get in their cars and traffic volumes are creeping back to pre-Covid levels. For example, total vehicles through the intersection of Second Street/Hetherton Street were cut almost in half during the first month of Shelter in Place. It’s been a steady climb back to “normal conditions”.

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Typically, as volumes (ie congestion) go down, travel time goes down. Here’s a snippet of February 2020 vs. late March 2020 and then late March 2020 vs. September 2020 on Second Street. This is just a small example of the kind of information we are getting with the investment into our traffic signal infrastructure downtown through the IDEA grant.

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