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Austin area seeing an increase in traffic again, TxDOT says

At its highest point in April, traffic was down nearly 50%.

AUSTIN, Texas — It looks like Austin traffic is starting to make a comeback after a stretch of relief from the coronavirus pandemic.

According to data from TxDOT, Austin has seen a steady increase in traffic since its lowest numbers this spring. Around March and April, traffic was down close to 50%. But, as of July, that's decreased to about 19%.

Statewide, TxDOT says traffic was down by about 18% at the end of July. At its peak, traffic was down by about 44% at the start of April.

To come up with its numbers, TxDOT analyzed recent traffic volumes from its permanent traffic count stations. It then compared those to a baseline week – Feb. 22 to Feb. 28.

RELATED: Austin’s traffic deaths are up so far this year while serious injuries from wrecks have declined

Here's a look at the data:

  • March 14 - March 20: -27%
  • March 21 - March 27: -42%
  • March 28 - April 3: -49%
  • April 4 - April 10: -49%
  • April 11 - April 17: -45%
  • April 18 - April 24: -42%
  • April 25 - May 1: -36%
  • May 2 - May 8: -37%
  • May 9 - May 15: -34%
  • May 16 - May 22: -27%
  • May 23 - May 29: -27%
  • May 30 - June 5: -21%
  • June 6 - June 12: -17%
  • June 13 - June 19: -16%
  • June 20 - June 26: -18%
  • June 27 - July 3: -21%
  • July 4 - July 10: -25%
  • July 11 - July 17: -21%
  • July 18 - July 24: -20%
  • July 25 - July 31: -19%

RELATED: Pedestrian traffic deaths hit high in Austin since 2015

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