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The study area for this traffic analysis was selected to include the critical locations expected to receive themajority of the traffic flow from the project. These include intersections along Route 32, Route 20, andRoute 181 as these form major gateway corridors into and out of the area. A full inventory of theselocations including traffic control, geometric conditions, and traffic volumes was conducted to develop baseline conditions for the traffic analysis. The following identifies the traffic volume count proceduresfollowed for the Project.
Route 32 Traffic Volumes
Traffic counts were conducted over a two week period on Route 32 in early May 2012. Traffic volumeswere measured through use of pneumatic Automatic Traffic Recorder (ATR) count devices used tomeasure hourly and daily traffic volumes. Counts collected volumes over the period Tuesday May 8through Monday May 21, 2012. Follow-up counts were conducted in April 2013 to determine growthover the previous year, with a weighted average rate of increase between the four observed time periods(Friday, Friday evening peak hour, Saturday, Saturday evening peak hour) of 0.73 percent. Therefore, the2012 Existing volumes were adjusted upwards by 1.0 percent to reflect 2013 conditions.
Intersection Volume Counts
Intersection Turning Movement and vehicle Classification Counts (TMC) were conducted at15 intersections in the town of Palmer on Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19, 2012. These locations areidentified below:1.
Route 181 at Thorndike Street2.
Route 181/Main Street at Mt. Dumplin Road3.
Route 181/Main Street at Shearer Street4.
Route 181/Main Street at Route 20/Wilbraham Street5.
Route 20/Main Street at Route 32/Thorndike Street6.
Route 20/Route 32/Park Street at Breckenridge Street7.
Route 20 Route 32/Park Street at Stone Street8.
Route 32/Main Street/Stone Street at South Main Street9.
Route 20/Route 32/Park Street at Thorndike Street10.
Route 32/Thorndike Street at Lawrence Street11.
Route 32/Thorndike Street at Turnpike Ramps12.
Route 32/Thorndike Street at Shearer Street/Site Drive13.
Route 32/Thorndike Street at Big Y Drive14.
Route 32/Thorndike Street at Mt. Dumplin Road15.
Route 32/Thorndike Street at High StreetThe intersections are graphically depicted on Figure 1.For this analysis, the same intersections were also counted during the Saturday midday time period onSaturday April 6, 2013, due to the inclusion of a significant retail component to the project.