FM Area-Wide Traffic Counts

Posted: 1/22/2021

Responses due: 2/15/2021

Project Overview

Every five years Metro COG conducts and coordinates area-wide traffic counts for the purpose of developing a data set to which the regional travel demand model can be calibrated.  In addition, these counts serve other purposes as well.  Each traffic count covers at least a 48-hour period with some counts being vehicle classification counts (heavy vehicle counts) while others are standard ADT counts.

The Fargo-Moorhead Metro area-wide counts are often conducted in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and/or the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).  In 2021 NDDOT plans to conduct counts in the area, however, as of the development of this RFP, MnDOT was not anticipated to conduct counts within Metro COG’s planning area.  NDDOT will conduct counts on many Collector streets, Arterial streets, and interstates in Fargo and West Fargo, as well as other parts of Cass County.  Meanwhile, counts conducted as part of this project, and reflected in this RFP, will focus on local roadways and other roadways necessary for transportation planning efforts and the update of the regional travel demand model.

Metro COG and Metro COG’s member jurisdictions desire counts at additional locations beyond those provided by the DOTs.  These counts will be used for transportation planning purposes such as corridor planning studies, regional traffic analysis, and more.  Metro COG also needs additional counts conducted at specific locations for use in accurately calibrating the base year of our travel demand model.  A consultant is being sought to conduct these additional counts for which Metro COG is responsible.  The Consultant will be responsible for collecting a minimum of 48-hour traffic count data at about 515 locations across the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area. 




Project Contact Information


Dan Farnsworth


Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments
Case Plaza, Suite 232
1 - 2nd Street North
Fargo, ND 58102