How Many People Drive Past Where You Live and Work?

By Lindsey Connell - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Do you ever wonder how many cars drive past your home or business every day?

Little black traffic counting tubes can provide the answer. You can see them stretched across some major roads in Columbus.

The GA DOT and city officials are using these counters to provide the most up-to-date numbers on the city's traffic patterns.

But they also can measure how fast cars are going on certain streets and what types of cars are traveling on them.

"We also look at the speed of vehicles going through road segments and in some cases we'll know how many cars, motorcycles, and trucks are going through. It's what's called vehicle classifications," said Ronald Hamlett, Columbus Traffic Engineering Manager.

The state is using hundreds of tubes on major roadways and the city has about 30 out, some of which are helping officials crackdown on speeders in certain subdivisions.

"Businesses obviously would like to know the potential customers they have come through the area. And for homeowners, a lot of people don't like to be on a road that has a lot of traffic on it. A lot of residential roads, people use as a cut-through and we can pick up on that through traffic statistics," said Paul Tanner, Assistant State Transportation Data Administrator for the Georgia DOT.

DOT officials say the traffic counters will be out in different parts of Columbus for the next two weeks.

If you're interested in seeing the counts near your home or business,  go to