Columbus reviews DOT traffic study

Published 10:29 am Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Volumes and speeds decrease vs. 2007

The Town of Columbus recently reviewed a traffic study conducted on Mills Street by the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) where compared to a similar study in 2007 speeds as well as traffic volume  have drastically reduced.

The study was done near the CVS along Hwy. 108 in Columbus from July 23 at 3 p.m. through July 24 at 3 p.m.

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Columbus Town Council reviewed the study during its Aug. 15 meeting.

The total vehicle count for the day was 10,883, including 214 tractor trailers, 479 buses and trucks, 3,169 vans and trucks and 6,875 passenger vehicles, according to the report.

At least half of the vehicles were traveling in the 25-30 mph zone, with the average speed of 29 mph. The speed limit is 25 mph. Of the vehicles, 37.49 percent were exceeding the speed limit with 0.07 percent of those traveling in excess of 55 mph.

A similar 2007 study was conducted in the same area of CVS from Oct. 31, 2007 at 1 p.m. through Nov. 1, 2007 at 1 p.m. At that time there were 14,119 vehicles traveling, with at least half traveling in the 20-34 mph range, according to the study. During the 2007 study, there were 63 tractor trailers, 60 buses and trucks, 239 small trucks and 13,695 passenger vehicles.