I noticed someone sitting at the corner of Riverside and Main Street all day yesterday (Tuesday, June 11), apparently counting passing vehicles. Is the city counting traffic because there may be some change in store at that intersection? Or is it even a city operation?
— Jan G., Medford
Sharp eyes, Jan. And yes, indeed, it is a city operation, one that will continue for another three months.
But we hope you didn't have your heart set on any big changes at Riverside and Main, because the count is a routine event.
According to Cory Crebbin, the city's public works director, the city counts traffic during odd-numbered years at various intersections throughout the metropolis known as Medford.
A release from the city said seasonal workers — equipped with lawn chairs, water bottles and counters — will tally the number of cars traveling through those intersections on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Four intersections will be counted on each of those days through September.
But, Crebbin wrote in an email, "It does not mean that changes will be made to any specific intersection, but the data is used to identify and prioritize needed changes in the future."
He said the information is used in part to update the city's 20-year Transportation System Plan. The information also may be used by private developers to help evaluate the impact caused by additional traffic from new developments.
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