Aug 1, 2014 9:34 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News
Driving around San Luis Obispo County, you may have noticed thin black strips strewn across streets near various intersections. KSBY wanted to find out what they are and who put them there...
The San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Works said the soft pipes are traffic data collectors. They are magnetic tubes and whenever a car drives over it, it sends a puff of air to a counter, which will add up how many cars have driven by and what is the accident rate. As far as who put the collectors around the county remains to be a mystery.
First KSBY approached the San Luis Obispo City's Public Works Department, because many of the data collectors found have been in the city's jurisdiction. The city said the pipes aren't theirs, and they sent KSBY to the offices of the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments. They then sent KSBY to SLO County's Department of Public Works. When KSBY went there, they told us we had to go back to the city. It's been a cycle of no one knowing who is responsible for laying down the traffic data collectors.
A Caltrans official out of Sacramento could not confirm if it was the ones behind laying down the strips. However, the official said if it was behind the project,either it or its contractor would have to get a permit from the City of San Luis Obispo. The city said it has not given out any permits to Caltrans to lay down traffic data collectors.
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