If you’ve noticed black tubes stretched across some major roads in Flower Mound lately and wondered what they are and what they’re for, the town has the answers for you.
Those rubber cords are called pneumatic road tubes, and they’re used to count the number of vehicles traveling through certain areas, including FM 1171, FM 2499, Hwy 377, the Morriss/Gerault intersection and several other roads, according to the town of Flower Mound.
The town is also using cameras to count the number of cars passing through and the direction they travel at these intersections. The town does not have red light cameras.
The information gathered is used to update the town’s Transportation Model, it helps identify congestion levels in the area and is also used to run SMARTGrowth analysis for future developments under consideration, according to the town. The Economic Development department will also use it as a marketing tool while trying to attract businesses to Flower Mound.