TxDOT installs traffic-monitoring devices

Road research is the reason behind black strips or cables you may have seen on southeast Texas streets.

BEAUMONT - Road research is the reason behind black strips or cables you may have seen on southeast Texas streets.

The Texas Department of Transportation said much of them are on the Eastex Freeway. The department said there are more than 5,000 of them across 8 southeast Texas counties.

As a single car drives over the cables, TxDOT uses this reading to track traffic data.

The cables are on city, county and state roads, and the department does the study every 5 years.

Drivers said they hope the research helps officials figure out a way to clear congestion.

"Since they closed down like all these exits, it's been really bad,” said Gavin Gray, who works in Beaumont at the intersection of Dowlen Road and Eastex Freeway. “It takes a really long time to get down this road (Dowlen).”

Other drivers said southeast Texas streets are not too bad.

"No, it is way better than in Baton Rouge, where I came from,” said Lisa Springer, who now lives in Lumberton. “Baton Rouge was stagnant any given time during the day.”

The data will be used for highway and street funding, or to find out how congested a road is – to possibly provide the information to businesses.

When driving over the cables, TxDOT said drive as you normally would. The department said the cables do not measure speed nor do they damage your tires.

They are expected to be in place until October 27.

(© 2016 KBMT)


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