RISING SUN — There will be people on the street corners in town soon counting every vehicle as part of a traffic study ordered by the mayor and commissioners.
C. Thomas deLorimier, practice leader in land development for KCI Technologies, said Rising Sun residents and visitors will see these workers Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during peak traffic hours.
“They will count from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3 to 6:30 p.m.,” deLorimier said. “You will not see us if it is raining.”
In this age of “see something, say something,” deLorimier said the counters will be equipped to answer questions from those with concerns.
“The counters will have a letter to explain,” he said, adding that letter will contain several phone numbers the public can contact to get more information.
Electronic counters will record every passing vehicle and note if the vehicle made a turn or stayed on its current path.
“Those counters are then uploaded and graphed,” he said.
The study serves several purposes, not the least of which is to determine traffic volumes. It’s a good way to promote the town to potential new businesses. It will also help the town identify truck routing and work with the Wilmington Area Planning Council to contact companies that operate the GPS systems trucking companies employ.
“WILMAPCO is working with these mapping companies who do the GPS,” deLorimier said.
This should reduce truck traffic in town where streets were not built for heavy loads.
This study was to have been completed weeks ago, he told the mayor and commissioners. Like many other events, the weather in March got in the way.
“We had been anticipating doing the traffic counts three weeks ago but we got held up because of snow,” he said.