Article Number: DRJEIT19944235
DOI: : https://doi.org/10.26765/DRJEIT19944235
ISSN: 2354-4155

Vol. 9 (5), Pp. 240-246, June 2022

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Original Research Article

Study of the Traffic Volume for the Selected Roads in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States

Abdurrahman Umar Nakazalle*

Nasiru Shehu


Abstract

The ability to estimate traffic volume is a crucial first step in the development, analysis, and operation of transportation networks. A substantial effort has been undertaken to investigate the traffic volume of chosen routes in the states of Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara. In order to gain a better grasp of the current state of traffic flow around market places. Traffic flow, which is closely related to traffic characteristics, is essential for the safe and efficient movement of people and products. In traffic flow, we must consider three factors: volume, speed, and capacity. While traffic volume can be defined as the number of cars passing through a specific stretch of road or traffic lane in a given amount of time, this definition falls short when the traffic consists of a diverse range of vehicles with radically different static and dynamic characteristics. Traffic volume studies are required because they help with planning, traffic management, and forecasting the need for future road widening. The biggest problem occurs during the busiest times of the day, when traffic on the road is at its peak. The traffic volume was calculated using an indirect human counting method. The difficulty of estimating the volume of such traffic has been solved by converting various types of vehicles into equivalent passenger cars and quantifying the volume in Passenger Car Units (PCU) per hour. Some remedial actions to improve traffic safety in the region have been suggested, such as expanding the route, hiring traffic control personnel, and relocating other market places.


Keywords:  Traffic volume, passenger carrying unit (PCU), Congestion, market, average hourly traffic flow (AHTF)

 


 Received: April 19, 2022  Accepted: May 27, 2022  Published: June 15, 2022


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