Development and Implementation Guidance for a Traffic Count Extraction Program for Kansas City, Kansas, Using KC Scout Sensors Data

Kansas City Metropolitan area traffic is monitored by KC Scout (traffic management center), a two-state agency designed to collect vehicle data, assist with disabled vehicles, and provide critical information. KC Scout’s sensor network in Kansas covers major interstates such as I-35, I-435, I-70 and also state highways. Extensive data from the KC Scout Wavetronix sensor network has been investigated by K-State previously including updating the lane closure guide, and also finding limitations of data collection by the sensors during work zone operations. Although KC Scout is very effective in many respects, the research team would like to provide KDOT’s planning department a tool to extract accurate traffic counts using the KC Scout sensor network at key locations around the metropolitan area based on ground truthing. Additionally, the research team proposes an “implementation guide” or users manual on how to extract the data, request sensor calibration, and if any expansion factors are needed to the output data. The research team envisions an extraction program that can be connected to the existing TransCore database and work similar to the lane closure guide to provide accurate average daily traffic (ADT) counts to both KDOT and subcontractors. Prior to developing the proposed extraction program and implementation guidance, a ground-truthing protocol will be used to determine the accuracy and limitations of Wavetronix sensors at selected locations as determined by the research team and KDOT.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $108265
    • Contract Numbers:




      K-TRAN: KSU-21-2 & KSU-21-4

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Kansas Department of Transportation

      Eisenhower State Office Building
      700 SW Harrison Street
      Topeka, KS  United States  66603-3754
    • Performing Organizations:

      Kansas State University Transportation Center

      Kansas State University
      Department of Civil Engineering
      Manhattan, KS  United States  66506
    • Principal Investigators:

      Fitzsimmons, Eric

    • Start Date: 20200815
    • Expected Completion Date: 20241231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01760096
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Kansas Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: RE-0807-01, RE-0809-01, C2163, K-TRAN: KSU-21-2 & KSU-21-4
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Dec 15 2020 12:22PM