In 2016, the amount of travel on Hampton Roads roadways increased by a level not seen in 14 years, based on an HRTPO analysis of traffic volumes from 65 locations throughout the region where data is collected continuously throughout the entire year. Traffic volumes in Hampton Roads increased by 2.2% in 2016 over the levels experienced in 2015, the largest year-to-year increase in regional roadway travel since 2002. Roadway travel levels in Hampton Roads have nearly returned to the record level seen in 2007, prior to the economic downturn.
Looking only at weekdays, traffic volumes in Hampton Roads increased by 3.5% in 2016. This is the largest amount that regional weekday volumes have grown throughout the 2000s.
Nationally, preliminary data indicates that the amount of roadway travel in 2016 increased by 2.8% over the levels experienced in 2015, reaching record levels and outpacing the growth in roadway travel in Hampton Roads.