Galveston city workers Wednesday installed several traffic counters on the causeway, aimed at giving officials a better idea of traffic patterns to the island.
The move is the first in a series of installations at major access points on and off the island, officials said.
Workers will next install traffic counters at Ferry Road in early 2018, officials said.
“These counters will give the city of Galveston better insight to traffic patterns on the island,” said Kyle Hockersmith, the director of public works with the city. “While the city has historically used different mechanisms to quantify attendance at major events, these counters will give us instant access to car counts on the island. Understanding the daily patterns may tell a more accurate story during our big events, which in turn allows the city to better manage the traffic flow.”