Traffic jumps 1200 vehicles a day on major roads
THE number of vehicles using three major arterial roads leading to the Port of Portland has increased by almost 1200 a day between 2015 and 2018.
Data released by VicRoads this week from traffic counts this year show there are 5030 vehicles a day using the Princes Hwy at Seppelts Rd, Drumborg; the Portland-Casterton Rd north of the Condah Hotspur Upper Rd and the Henty Hwy north of Heywood.
In 2015, traffic counts on the three roads totalled 3850 vehicles a day.
Vehicle counts on a fourth major artierial road, the Portland-Nelson Rd, south of Spinks Rd, remained the same at 1200 vehicles a day in both 2018 and 2015.
There are 6230 vehicles a day using the four roads this year compared to 5050 in 2015.
VicRoads said road tube counters were used on the four roads.
“When a vehicle travels over the tubes, the count is registered. The axle configuration is used to determine the vehicle classification (differentiates between a car and a heavy-commercial vehicle),” a spokesperson for VicRoads said.
The VicRoads figures show there are 2000 vehicles a day using the Princes Hwy at Drumborg, an increase of 700 on the 2015 count.
Nearly 40% of those vehicles are trucks and buses.