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Calculating Growing Traffic Numbers

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The Fargo-Moorhead area continues to grow. From 2000-2010, Census figures show the population has increased by 20%.

Both the Minnesota and the North Dakota departments of transportation are calculating the growing traffic to make your ride smoother in years to come.

"Even in the last year its congested." says Dennis Lilley,"Yea it's getting bad during rush hour here, it's stop and go every now and then."

To continue to keep up with the traffic coming through, black cords out on the roads are counting cars. They were put there by the Department of Transportation to see which roads are the most used.

"Just to kind of see if we can identify any trends in traffic, where traffic is moving to, where it's coming from, and ultimately it's used for planning purposes for future projects." says Kevin Gorder the Assistant District Engineer.

The numbers are collected every few years to help with construction decisions like which roads may need to be expanded.

"It's ridiculous the way the population has been going," says Darrell Poitra, "and I think they are doing a good job with the way they are setting up traffic lights and changing lanes and what not."

Collecting the numbers not only help to keep traffic moving, but businesses as well.

"The data does get used, not only by planners or transportation people," Kevin says, "but ill get a call from somebody looking to locate a business along a street, wants to know how many people drive by that location each day."

The information is being collected and tracking growth in the area, and helping prepare for the future.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation is moving the cords to Grand Forks next. Once all data is collected, it will be put up on the DOT's web site.

To see past ND state traffic counts click here.

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