March 06, 2018

2017 Traffic Volume Count Reflects Areas of High Traffic Numbers

West Main Street between Jackson Boulevard and Cross Street has more than 39,000 vehicles each day. West Main Street between Jackson Boulevard and Cross Street has more than 39,000 vehicles each day. (City Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)

CITY COUNCIL ACKNOWLEDGES 2017 TRAFFIC VOLUME COUNT

Annual report contains important data for City, public, businesses on transportation trends

RAPID CITY, SD--At Monday night's meeting, the Rapid City Council acknowledged the 2017 Traffic Volume Count Report.  The report is issued annually by the Rapid City Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

            The report provides officials, public and business community with traffic count data for consideration with local transportation issues. Traffic volume information in the report is presented for the years 2014-2017.  The data is collected by the City's Engineering Services Division, Public Works Department and the South Dakota Department of Transportation. 

            Data is compiled over a 24-hour period and is adjusted for seasonal variations.  Local information is collected using portable traffic counters and South Dakota DOT information is collected at permanent counting stations. Traffic counts can be impacted by construction as well as the days of the week and the month data is collected.

            The 2017 Traffic Volume Count Report can be found on the City's website at rcgov.org and the MPO website at rapidcityareampo.org .

Findings included in the 2017 Report:

*Four street segments in Rapid City have volumes of more than 30,000 vehicles per day: West Main Street from Jackson Boulevard to Cross Street (39,187), I-90 from I-190 to Haines Avenue (38,615), West Main Street from Cross Street to West Street (31,656). and Omaha Street from West Boulevard to Mount Rushmore Road (30,564).

*The are 18 street segments with more than 20,000 vehicles per day.  Top areas included Omaha Street from Mount Rushmore Road to Fifth Street (28,464), I-90 from Elk Vale to East City Limits (28,257), W. Omaha Street from Mt. View to West Boulevard (27,025), Omaha Street from Fifth Street to East Boulevard (26,246), Cambell Street from Omaha to E. North Street (24,747) and East Highway 44 from St. Patrick Street to Twilight Drive (24,598).

*Percentage of greatest increase from 2016 to 2017 were identified at E. Mall Drive from E. North to Dyess (50%), Country Road from Haines to W. Nike Road (47%), and E. Omaha Street from LaCrosse to Cambell (30%) and Eglin Street from Dyess to Elk Vale (24%).

*Percentage of greatest decrease from 2016 to 2017 were identified at Catron Boulevard from Sheridan Lake Road to US Highway 16 (54%), 32nd Street from Jackson Boulevard to Canyon Lake Drive (48%), and West Boulevard from St. Patrick Street to St. Cloud Street (40%).

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Thank you,

Darrell W. Shoemaker | Communications Coordinator

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