3.2 Trillion Miles Driven On U.S. Roads In 2016

3.2 Trillion Miles Driven On U.S. Roads In 2016

New estimates released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that U.S. driving topped 3.2 trillion miles last year. It is the fifth straight year of increased mileage on public roads throughout the nation, and underscores the demands facing America’s roads and bridges, and reaffirms calls for greater investment in surface transportation infrastructure.

The new data, published in FHWA’s latest “Traffic Volume Trends” report – a monthly estimate of U.S. road travel – show that more than 263.6 billion miles were driven in December 2016 alone, which is a .5 percent increase over the previous December.

The December 2016 report also includes seasonally-adjusted data, which is conducted by USDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics as a way to even out seasonal variation in travel and enable vehicle miles travelled (VMT) comparisons with any other month in any year. The seasonally-adjusted VMT for December 2016 were 269.3 billion miles. Compared with seasonally adjusted November 2016 data, December 2016 VMT fell slightly by .6 percent but rose 0.6 percent from December 2015. The estimates include passenger vehicle, bus and truck travel.

At 2.9 percent, traffic in the West – a 13-state region stretching from California to Montana, and including Hawaii and Alaska – led the nation with the largest percentage increase in unadjusted VMT, and continued an uninterrupted series of monthly increases that began in October 2013. Mileage fell slightly in the Northeast and North Central states.

At 33.9 billion VMT, California accounted for more miles driven in December 2016 than the combined 33.8 billion miles of 22 states – Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming – and Washington, D.C.

At 5.8 percent, Louisiana led the nation with the largest unadjusted single-state traffic percent increase compared to the same month a year earlier, followed by Utah at 5.2 percent and Nevada at 5.1 percent. At 6.2 percent, for the tenth month in a row, North Dakota led the nation with the largest unadjusted traffic decrease for the month.

Pierce County Washington I-5 Ramp and Lane Closures Thru January 22, 2016

Pierce County Washington I-5 Ramp and Lane Closures Thru January 22, 2016

The Washington Department of Transportation reports that the following I-5 construction and maintenance activities are scheduled through Jan. 22, 2016.

Pierce County

I-5 – M Street to Portland Avenue & I-5 – Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road:

Wednesday, Jan. 20
– Northbound I-5 collector distributor exits to northbound I-705 and southbound SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
– Southbound I-705 on-ramps to northbound I-5 and southbound SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 21
– Southbound I-705 on-ramps to northbound I-5 and southbound SR 7 will close from 12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m.
– Northbound I-5 collector distributor exits to northbound I-705 and southbound SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 22
Around-the-clock weekend closure:
– Northbound I-5 collector/distributor exit to northbound I-705 will close around-the-clock from 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, to 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25.

Weekend night closures:
– Northbound I-5 collector/distributor exit to southbound SR 7 will close the following hours:
9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, to 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23
11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, to 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 24.

Long-term ramp closures

Northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 through mid-2016.
A Street on-ramp to northbound I- 705/I-5 through project completion.

Around-the-clock road closure:

– 20th Street East in Fife: A segment of this road is closed to all traffic until spring 2017.

I-5, Madigan Access Improvements
Construction crews will reduce northbound I-5 to one lane and redirect that one lane through the Berkeley Street/I-5 interchange during the overnight hours of Tuesday, Jan. 19. Single lane closures begin at 8 p.m. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m. At 12:01 a.m., northbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane. The one lane will be redirected through the I-5/Berkeley Street interchange. All lanes will reopen by 4 a.m.

Semi-trucks coming southbound I-5 are prohibited from turning left onto the Berkeley Street overpass. Semi-trucks will need to use alternate routes. All drivers can expect shoulder closures.


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I-5 Lane and Ramp Closures in Centralia This Week

I-5 Lane and Ramp Closures in Centralia This Week

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports the following lane and ramp closures on I-5 in the Centralia area this week:

I-5, Mellen Street to Blakeslee Junction – Stage 2
Mileposts: 79.81 to 84.15

Monday, Jan. 4 to the morning of Friday, Jan. 8: The off-ramp to Harrison Avenue from southbound I-5 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., for striping, signage grinding and paving work.
Monday, Jan. 4 to the morning of Friday, Jan. 8: A single-lane of Harrison Avenue will be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., for striping work.

Monday, Jan. 4 to the morning of Thursday, Jan. 7: Drivers should expect nighttime, intermittent, single-lane and shoulder closures on both directions of I-5, between Harrison Avenue and Mellen Street, nightly, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., for excavation, embankment and paving work.

Thursday, Jan. 7 to the morning of Friday, Jan. 8: Drivers should expect nighttime, intermittent, single-lane and shoulder closures on both directions of I-5, between Harrison Avenue and Mellen Street, nightly, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., for excavation, embankment and paving work.

Friday, Jan. 8 to the morning of Saturday, Jan. 9: Drivers should expect nighttime, intermittent, single-lane and shoulder closures on both directions of I-5, between Harrison Avenue and Mellen Street, nightly, from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., for excavation, embankment and paving work.

NOTE: Drivers needing to access northbound I-5 should use alternate routes during the closures.
NOTE: The northbound on-ramp to Mellen Street was recently removed from service.
NOTE: Drivers should watch for traffic revision signs throughout the work zone
NOTE: All work is weather dependent.


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I-5 Shoulder Closings for Maintenance in Washington

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports the following maintenance operations on I-5 will result in shoulder closures in the following locations:

DuPont
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday through Feb. 8. Overnight work hours are from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday, from Jan. 4-15.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will install infrastructure.
LOCATION: Mounts Road on-ramp to northbound I-5 from milepost 116.7 to 116.9.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure along the Mounts Road on-ramp to northbound I-5.

Lakewood
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Jan. 4.
DESCRIPTION: Guardrail repair.
LOCATION: Southbound I-5 at Berkeley Street, milepost 122.45 to 122.35.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure on the Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5.

Tacoma
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 5.
DESCRIPTION: Guardrail repair.
LOCATION: Northbound I-5 at 70th Ave. E, milepost 138.15 to 138.25.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure on the 70th Ave. E. on-ramp to northbound I-5.

Lakewood
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Jan. 6.
DESCRIPTION: Attenuator repair.
LOCATION: Northbound I-5 at SR 512, milepost 127.8.
EXPECT: Left shoulder closure on the southbound I-5 exit to SR 512.


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Lane Closures on Washington I-5 December 29-30

Lane Closures on Washington I-5 December 29-30

Washington State Department of Transportation announced the following lane closures on two I-5 projects; M Street to Portland Avenue – HOV and Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road – Northbound HOV

Time/Days: See details below.

Description: These two projects lay the foundation for new HOV lanes on I-5 in Tacoma and northbound into Fife.

Location: Interstate 5 near the Tacoma Dome between M St. to Portland Ave. from milepost 132.8 to 135.2, and northbound I-5 between East Portland Avenue and Port of Tacoma Road.

Details: On Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 29-30, crews will close two lanes of northbound Interstate 5 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. approaching the Puyallup River Bridge. An hour earlier at 10 p.m, they will also close the two following ramps until 4 a.m. each following morning:

– Northbound I-5 to northbound SR 167
– Bay Street to northbound SR 167

On Wednesday night, motorists can also expect up to three lanes of southbound I-5 to close near the Puyallup River Bridge between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. In addition, the following three ramps will close:

– Southbound SR 167 to southbound I-5
– Southbound I-5 to South 27th Street/Bay Street
– South 27th Street/Portland Avenue to southbound I-5

Detours will be provided for all ramp closures.


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