Activities include the collection, tabulation, and analysis of
facility and traffic data.
The collection of facility data includes
information on roadway characteristics and railroad crossing features.
This data provides information for the preparation of maps, statistical
tabulations of roadway characteristics used in needs evaluations, and
for other analyses of roadway conditions. Visual records of the State
Highway System are maintained through a Videolog record system. This
system is accessible to KDOT staff for various purposes including planning
and design uses.
There is a variety
of traffic monitoring functions. Among these are continuous
traffic counts, short-term (24- and 48-hour) coverage
counts and vehicle classification counts; speed studies;
origin and destination surveys; and truck weight surveys.
Collected traffic data is used for traffic forecasts,
design specifications, allocation of fuel tax revenues,
for numerous decision making processes within the agency
and federal reporting requirements for the Highway Performance
Monitoring System (HPMS) and the Strategic Highway Research
Program (SHRP). This unit is also responsible for updating
the classification of highways with regard to functional
use and Federal-Aid funding categories, using census data
and information from the bureauís databases.