Motorists traveling in Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Orange, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes and Yadkin counties may be stopped this month and asked to participate in a roadside travel survey. Beginning Monday, May 24, the surveys will be conducted along strategic routes throughout the region. They will not impact traffic.
The results of the survey will be used by transportation officials to help develop long-range transportation plans and to identify transportation priorities for the region. The surveys will conclude in late May and early June.
“These roadside surveys allow citizens the opportunity to shape the transportation future of this region,” said Mike Bruff, manager of the NCDOT Transportation Planning Branch that is overseeing the project. “By taking a couple moments of their time, motorists are helping planning officials determine the type and location for transportation improvements. They are also helping officials determine the priority order for these projects.”
During the survey period, surveyors will randomly stop motorists at designated sites throughout the region and ask questions about their trip. The questions will involve the motorists’ trip origin and destination, as well as their general purpose of travel. Personal information about the motorists will not be collected. Only a small percentage of motorists will be surveyed and each survey will last only one or two minutes.
The surveys will be conducted during daylight hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and survey sites will vary. For the safety of motorists and the surveyors, drivers are asked to slow down as they approach the sites and to obey traffic control signs and personnel.
The survey is being administered by the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) in partnership with NCDOT, along with the Burlington-Graham Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Greensboro Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the High Point Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Winston-Salem Forsyth Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. PART has contracted with the land planning firm Kimley-Horn and the ETC Institute to conduct the surveys.
For more information on the roadside survey or the regional travel model, contact Scott Rhine with PART at (336) 662-0002.