TRAFFIC & SAFETY
Traffic studies were initiated in August 2014, including traffic counts and origin-destination studies along the Bayfront Parkway between the western and eastern ends of 12th Street.
Traffic counts were conducted at 18 locations during weekday AM and PM peak travel hours. Counts were conducted over a three hour period and noted vehicle types, pedestrians, and bicycles using the project area. These counts are being utilized to examine how the intersections are performing. The performance is rated on an A-F scale based on the capacity of the intersection and the number of vehicles traveling through the area – A being optimal and F being the worst performance. The results of the traffic counts are currently being summarized. To date, the following data is available:
• The Average Daily Traffic (ADT) traveling the Bayfront Corridor is
approximately 16,000 vehicles.
• Seven percent (7%) of the ADT are trucks.
• Level of Service varies throughout the corridor, view map for more details.
The Origin-Destination Study (O&D) was conducted to determine where commuter traffic is coming from (origin) and where they are going (destination) within the study area. This information will also help to identify the amount of through traffic vs. local traffic. The O&D Study utilized 8 blue tooth readers which connect with anonymous mobile devices traveling through the study area to capture travel movements of those vehicles. The blue tooth readers were active for one week. The results of the O&D Study are currently being summarized.
A safety study was also conducted along the corridor. The study included data reported from 2009 to 2013 to determine the frequency and causes of crashes along the Bayfront Parkway.
In summary, over 80% of the 246 crashed reported were within an intersection along the Bayfront, while the others were located between intersections. The following chart provides an overview of the crash rate average within four areas along the corridor and compares them to the statewide average for similar roadways.