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Traffic

TDOT continuously collects traffic information on Tennessee’s roadways. Our responsibility includes the monitoring, collecting, analyzing, managing and disseminating Transportation data. Traffic data includes volume counts, vehicle classification counts and speed data.

 

Annual Average Daily Trafic (AADT)

Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) volume is used throughout the Long Range Planning process. TDOT collects Average Daily Traffic (ADT) which is based on a 24-hour, count. This information is transformed in AADT by using the raw traffic data, which is statistically corrected by a seasonal variation factor that considers time of year and day of the week as well as adjusted for vehicle type, determined by seasonal and axle correction factor.

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Truck Percentages

Truck percentage is expressed as a part of AADT. As a Federal requirement and based on the high number of trucks traversing Tennessee’s highways, it is important that truck percentages are calculated. For more information on data collection methods, please contact the Road Inventory Office.

TDOT Traffic Data Collection Methods

Temporary County Systems

Pneumatic Road Tubes

Tdot uses road tube counts throughout the state to collect classification and volume counts overa  24 hour period. Click here for maps of traffic count locations. 

Embedded Detection Loops (EDL)

Embedded detection loops are used on select Tennessee roadways for traffic surveillance purposes.

Permanent Count Systems

Automatic Traffic Recorders (ATR)

Automatic Traffic Recorders are used for recurring traffic counts all year round. They are continuously downloaded through cellular and IP communications and can be used within government, quasi-government and other agencies.

Seasonal Factors & Axle Correction Factors

Our 24 hour counts are adjusted to reflect seasonal changes in traffic volumes. Those are computed using historical traffic data collected from permanent count stations. Seasonal factors can be assigned to traffic counts based on the functional classification of the roadway and the month in which the counts were taken. Axle Adjustment Factors on the other hand are determined by using the traffic data from strategically placed classification count stations.