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Traffic survey designed to help with planning

By DAVID TEWES
Dec. 12, 2010 at 6:12 a.m.


Survey saysExamples of commercial vehicles that could be randomly selected for the survey include:

Small delivery vans.

United Parcel Service and Federal Express type panel vans.

Delivery trucks from area businesses.

Fleet-type vehicles from local cities and counties.

Large tractor trailer rigs.

A commercial traffic survey set to begin this week could lead to better traffic flow and improved traveler safety in Victoria County.

The survey results will be combined with similar data on non-commercial traffic and entered into travel forecasting models.

"This helps us understand where these trucks are coming from and what they're hauling so we can better plan future projects on state highway systems," said Ray Miller with the Victoria Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The state information will also be made available to the city, which Miller said will be helpful because it includes data for such major streets as Airline Road and John Stockbauer Drive.

The survey is a joint effort of the Texas Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

A contractor hired by the Texas Department of Transportation will randomly approach businesses and public agencies that use commercial vehicles regularly.

They will be asked to voluntarily provide such information as number of trips made and routes used by commercial vehicles over a 24-hour period. Information will also be collected on the type of cargo being transported and the size and type of commercial vehicles.

Randy Bena with the state transportation department said the information will help planners not only know where people on the roads live, work and shop in Victoria, but also where through traffic is coming from and going to.

"You can look at trends and see what areas people are focusing on as far as where people are shopping and where they're living," Bena said. "Then you can see if things are shifting from years ago."

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