The Engineering Department conducts regular Traffic Counts and Speed Counts within the city limits. The City of Traverse City has been working with the Michigan Department of Transportation for possible design solutions for Division Street/US-31/M-37, and the City of Traverse City has been considering design solutions for Eighth Street and the Boardman Lake corridor including a possible Boardman Lake Avenue and Boardman Lake Trail extensions. In addition, the City participates in the multi-jurisdictional Traverse City Area Transportation and Land Use Study (TC-TALUS) on comprehensive transportation planning.
The lifespan of a road is dependent on the amount of traffic that uses it. Traffic count data are useful for calculating the remaining service life of a pavement. Estimating traffic type is also important. Heavy loads, such as those generated by trucks, break down pavement quicker than passenger cars. Knowing traffic volumes and type will be useful for future planning and Pavement Management Systems.
The City collects traffic counts for selected locations annually. The data that is collected provides a reasonable representation of the conditions encountered during the collection timeframe. Counts are taken during the mid-week. Conditions such as the weather, the day of the week, the time of the year and limitations of the data collection device can affect the results.
Traffic count data for selected locations on major streets is collected annually. For local streets, the Engineering Department is collecting traffic count data at five-year intervals. Traffic data for alleys are being collected at ten-year intervals. Historical and current traffic count data is available here and from sources such as Grand Traverse County and MDOT.
- Traverse City Street map
- Average Daily Traffic map
- 2018 Traffic Count Map
- Traffic Count maps from 2003-2017
Speed counts, stop warrants, and other traffic studies have been conducted on a select number of streets. Recent studies are posted at the link below.
The City of Traverse City has been working with MDOT and the Division Street Steering Committee on recommended improvements to the Division St/US-31/M-37 corridor.
- Division Street Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Final Report Executive Summary
- 2014 Division Street Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study (MDOT) project page
- Division Street Ballot Language
- Division Street Open House Flyer
- Overview of MDOT's Major Action Document Environmental Clearance Process presentation
- Division Design Initiative presentation
- Division Design Initiative Summary Poster
- Public Opinion Survey Regarding Eighth Street Restriping Pilot Project, October 2015
- 8th Street Restriping Report by URS December 2014
- 8th Street Restriping Study by URS Corporation dated 11/10/14
- Eighth Street Evolution memo dated 5/20/14
Level of Service Studies (LOS)
- Eighth Street Existing LOS
- Eighth Street Modified 4-lane with Bike Lane LOS
- Eighth Street Modified 4-lane with Shared Lanes LOS
- Eighth Street Road Diet LOS
- TC-TALUS Technical Committee East West Transportation Options memorandum May 2014
- The Grand Vision
- The Grand Vision Documents
- The Grand Vision Transportation Reports