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Published November 16, 2010, 04:31 PM

New Street Count Numbers Show Changing GF Traffic Patterns

If you think Grand Forks streets are a little busier, you're right. The 2010 street counts are finished and show that traffic numbers and patterns have changed over the decade.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

If you think Grand Forks streets are a little busier, you're right.

The 2010 street counts are finished and show that traffic numbers and patterns have changed over the decade.

Grand Forks' busiest intersection, Washington Street and Demers Avenue, is a little less busy than it was 10 years ago, with an average of of just over 94,000 cars per day. That's down by about 4,000.

However, just to the west at the Demers and 42nd street intersection, 20,000 more cars are passing through each day, with just over 58,000 being average.

"A lot more people are using 42nd now because of the Alerus, because of the Canad Inn. A lot of UND students are living in the apartments as well on that side of the road," Terri Kouba with the Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization said.

Other growth can be found on the south side of town. For example, at the intersection of Washington and 47th Street south, where traffic lights were recently installed. Traffic has doubled in the last ten years, up by 10,000 cars.

"This shows us that the south side of town is growing," Kouba said.

And on 32nd Avenue and Columbia the traffic number are up by a couple thousand. That is expected to continue to grow.

"We have had the biggest retail increase along that road since 2000, It becomes a destination spot for not only our area, but for outsiders," Kouba said.

Another intersection that saw a drop was North Washington and Gateway Drive where the traffic count took a slight dip from 2000.

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