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TractorElk Grove is no longer a sleepy, rural town miles from the busy city.  Rather, it’s now a rapidly growing suburb of Sacramento, having about two-and-a-half times more residents today than in 2000. Growing right along with the population has been the number of motor vehicle accidents in the Elk Grove area, including a growth in vehicle collisions on Interstate-5 and State Route 99 as they have had to absorb local commuter traffic in addition to the long-distance traffic they carry as central California’s primary north-south routes. A recent crash involving a big rig and two passenger cars a short distance south of Elk Grove causing traffic backups all the way into Sacramento, and particular problems on Franklin Boulevard, where many commuters to the southern edge of Elk Grove exit from I-5.  The crash resulted in a vehicle and grass fire that shut down the freeway for more than an hour.

The area has had to experience the double-whammy of both rapid population (and commuter traffic) growth in the last couple decades along with the presence of two major north-south highways — Interstate-5 on the west side of the city and State Route 99 that passes right through the heart of Elk Grove.  Additional increases in surface street traffic for Elk Grove has followed additional southward growth in the Florin area of Sacramento, the southern growth areas of Rancho Cordova, and along Bradshaw Road, all of which have pushed more vehicles onto Grant Line Road and into Elk Grove.  This is pushing the urgency of the Capital Southeast Connector project to increase traffic capacity along Grant Line — although some believe that the project itself may also further increase traffic demand by making it easier to develop the area.

elk grove accidentIn general, the number of vehicle accidents in an area will track the area’s population, and as Elk Grove and neighboring areas continue to increase their residential population, the number of motor vehicle collisions in Elk Grove will also continue to rise.

elk grove auto accidentsElk Grove is a rapidly-growing suburb of Sacramento, California.  As is common with suburban areas in California, it is primarily dependent upon automobiles for transportation of its citizens.

A tool used by many cities and counties for planning, designing, and maintaining safe transportation systems is traffic engineering, and where the primary mode of transport is the motor vehicle, traffic engineering is all about cars. In Elk Grove, the Traffic Engineering Section is part of the Department of Public Works. In other cities and counties, traffic engineering may similarly be carried out by a separate office or more generally by whatever public works department may have responsibility for the roadways.

One of the most important pieces of data that goes into traffic engineering is studying traffic volumes and accident statistics. The traffic volumes are both predicted for the purpose of planning and design new roadways, and measured on an ongoing basis in order to insure safe traffic flow and plan for corrections as needed.

What is Average Daily Traffic Volume?  Average daily traffic volume is the number of vehicles that pass a particular point during a specified day and/or time period.

How is it calculated? There are different methods used for counting traffic volumes.

1) Machine/Automatic Counting (imbedded in the roadway or laying a top the roadway)

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