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You may drive past one of these units, like the one in the left of photograph, and not know why it’s there. It is a portable device used by MoDOT to count traffic. It can keep track of up to eight lanes simultaneously and is moved every few days.

You may drive past one of these units, like the one in the left of photograph, and not know why it’s there. It is a portable device used by MoDOT to count traffic. It can keep track of up to eight lanes simultaneously and is moved every few days.

Did you see one of those small, orange trailers with a tall pole that sports a big, white contraption at the top, parked along a Mid-Missouri highway?

They seem to stare at the highway from the side of the road for a couple days, then disappear.

“They are radar units that detect traffic,” said Michael Teel, Transportation Systems administrator for Missouri’s Transportation department.

And they’re used to count the number of vehicles that pass by them — usually for a 48-hour period — then are moved to count vehicles at another spot.

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