Traffic Counting

In conjunction with MassDOT and the Federal Highway Administration, the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments operates a traffic counting program for the region as part of UPWP activities. From April to November, NMCOG staff use automatic traffic recorders to systematically collect traffic data in the region’s nine member communities. In addition to monitoring key corridors and intersections within the region, NMCOG responds to requests for traffic counts from state and local officials.

Why Collect Traffic Count Data?

Traffic count data provides information on the movement of people and goods along a roadway. The information obtained from these counts enables planners and engineers to study existing road and highway conditions that relate to the problem at hand. The ability to project volumes into the future provides the opportunity to identify potential problems before they develop as well as seek solutions to existing conditions. Traffic counts also are essential in helping to identify congestion issues.  This data is also useful to business and real estate development interests, and to marketing firms for use in assessing market potential.

Traffic Count Results

NMCOG produces an annual traffic volume report, containing historical and present data. The 2017 Northern Middlesex Traffic Volume Report is linked below.

2017 Northern Middlesex Traffic Volume Report

In addition to NMCOG-collected data, the report includes traffic data collected by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Highway Division and is extracted from other traffic studies performed throughout the region.

NMCOG has also partnered with MassDOT, fellow RPAs and Midwestern Software Solutions to develop a transportation data management system for the State of Massachusetts.  All NMCOG traffic counts can now be viewed and analyzed on the MS2 Transportation Data Management System.

For more information regarding the NMCOG Traffic Counting Program please contact us at 978-454-8021 or email