You might have noticed over the past few days as you've been driving around Binghamton area streets that your tires sometimes thump over tubes that have been laid on the road. Maybe you've found yourself wondering why the tubes have been laid down.

The answer is simple, really. The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study has teamed up with a consultant to collect traffic data on roads and at intersections in order to better understand how we are traveling on our local roads and what engineers might need to do to maintain or upgrade our roadways.

Over the course of the next 30 or so days, you may notice an increase in the number of tubes laid on various roadways and you might also spot video technology at a variety of intersections.

In a letter, Jennifer Yonkoski, Executive Director of the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study wrote that the video equipment will be easy to see and will remain in each location for up to five days. The purpose of the video equipment is to provide the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study with better traffic information. The majority of the traffic counts obtained through roadway tubing and video equipment will take place within the next 30 days.

After all of the data has been collected, a report will be shared not only with officials but with the public on the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation website.

[via Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study]