VDOT uses road tubes to count traffic in Roanoke Valley

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - The Virginia Department of Transportation is surveying streets around the Roanoke Valley this summer to get up-to-date traffic counts.

Private contractors have been laying rubber tubes across many area roads this month to collect data in Roanoke City.

Counts are expected to happen in Salem in August and in Roanoke County in September.

VDOT says the information collected in this summer's surveys are very important. It's used when applying for federal grants as well as planning future road projects.

The majority of roads are surveyed every three years. This year, VDOT will count traffic on about 6,000 roads around the state.

To look at the latest traffic numbers, click here.