TRAFFIC DATA: Are Tyler residents staying at home?

City of Tyler uses Bluetooth technology to examine effectiveness of stay-at-home order
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Updated: Apr. 8, 2020 at 11:54 AM CDT
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TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) - Traffic engineers with the city of Tyler are performing traffic counts to identify traffic flow related to the effectiveness of the stay-at-home order.

According to the city, there are a couple of intersections where they can collect Bluetooth data that can be used to calculate travel times between certain points. The intersections are at Loop 323 and Frankston Highway (TX-155) and Loop 323 at South Broadway Avenue.

This chart shows the total number of Bluetooth reads at two major Tyler intersections.
This chart shows the total number of Bluetooth reads at two major Tyler intersections.(City of Tyler)

Based on their findings, the city said they started seeing a drop in traffic after Tyler ISD’s spring break when event organizers started cancelling large gatherings and some people started working from home. The data also shows a dip in weekend traffic on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15. A larger dip in traffic came on the weekend of Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22. The weekend of Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 shows a greater decrease in traffic following the issuing of the Smith County stay-at-home order.

A city spokeswoman said this system doesn’t detect every vehicle and vehicles with multiple devices make it difficult to directly equate it to traffic volumes.

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