The amount of travel on roadways throughout Hampton Roads increased by 2.0% last year, based on an HRTPO analysis of data from approximately 60 locations throughout the region where traffic volumes are collected continuously throughout the entire year. This 2.0% increase is the largest year-to-year increase in regional roadway travel since 2004, and follows decreases in roadway travel in six out of the last eight years. Although not a record, it is the highest annual level of roadway travel experienced in Hampton Roads since 2007, prior to the economic downturn.
Nationally, the amount of roadway travel reached its highest level ever in 2015, surpassing the previous record experienced in 2007. National roadway travel in 2015 increased by 3.5% over the levels experienced in 2014, outpacing the growth in roadway travel in Hampton Roads.
Source: HRTPO staff analysis of volume data collected by various sources.
This analysis includes data from approximately 60 permanent count stations located throughout Hampton Roads.