The volume of traffic on Collier County roads in 2012 changed little from the previous year.
Traffic decreased by .73 percent from 2011 to 2012 to a daily average of 3.56 million vehicles, according to numbers that were released earlier this year. The 2012 numbers, however, were 1.8 percent higher than from 2010.
Collier spokeswoman Connie Deane didn’t comment about the meaning of the numbers.
“We only collect the data. We don’t draw conclusions from it,” she said.
Traffic increased along most of Airport Road, especially north of Vanderbilt Beach Road, which had an average of 33,936 vehicles in 2012, a 29 percent jump.
Rachel Jones, who works at the World Tennis Center on Airport Road, tries to arrive before morning rush hour, leave before afternoon rush hour and avoid venturing out during the day.
The other day, though, she had go to the store in middle of the day, facing bumper-to-bumper traffic and jammed parking lots.
“I came back, I just threw everything on the ground and I had to walk around the building for a while,” she said. “People are trying to avoid 41 so they get on Airport.”
U.S. 41 north of Immokalee Road remained the busiest stretch in Collier, with a daily average of 50,128 vehicles.
That’s why Watermark Grille owner Neim Malo chose to be located on that stretch. “All the traffic helps our business. I bought here for curb appeal. I bought on 41 for a reason — so I don’t have to advertise. Cars when they do travel by they’re seeing my business and they may stop by,” he said.
Collier Boulevard north of Davis Boulevard has shown increases over the past two years, recording 45,265 in 2012, up from 42,023 the previous year. Beach volume has grown in the north area of the county as well, with traffic flowing from U.S. 41 west to Vanderbilt Beach recording 17,704 last year. That’s a nearly 25 percent increase over 2011.