The City's Engineering Division uses three data collectors to collect a variety of traffic information throughout the City. The data collectors gather information on volume, class (or type), and speed.
The City uses this information to determine appropriate speed limits, the need for additional stop control, crosswalk placement, safety improvements, and to provide information that is used in grant applications for infrastructure improvements.
WSDOT Required Traffic Data Collection
HPMS: On a yearly basis, WSDOT requires the submittal of traffic data on a number of streets within the City of Battle Ground. This program called the Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) is a nationwide information system used to assess the condition, performance, and safety of the nation’s highways. It is important for the City to collect this information as Congress uses the data to evaluate transportation funding levels for the State.
FGTS: Every two years, WSDOT requires the submittal of truck traffic data on a number of streets within the City of Battle Ground. This program called the Freight and Goods Transportation System (FGTS) is a classification system for roadways, railways, and waterways based on freight tonnage. It is important for the City to collect this information as it helps guide where the State will make investments in infrastructure improvements for freight.
Other Traffic Data Collection
Upon request, the City will provide available traffic information to Traffic Engineers. Please note, however, that the City will not provide traffic data that it does not already have. There are a number of private companies that have the ability to acquire this data. No permit is required to collect traffic data within City limits, although we ask that you let us know so we are aware should we receive any questions.