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Ask 13: What are the squares and strips that have shown up on local roads?

Drivers are taking notice of unusual markers and strips in area roadways. The first question refers to black strips across Long Shoals Road. The second deals with white squares with a letter in the center along the Blue Ridge Parkway. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Drivers are taking notice of unusual markers and strips in area roadways.

The first question refers to black strips across Long Shoals Road. The second deals with white squares with a letter in the center along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

You've probably seen strips like those on Long Shoals Road before. They look like a black hose strung across the road.

Department of Transportation officials said they are tube or hose counters. Each time a car compresses the tube, the air sends a pulse to a counter and records the information. The tubes or hoses measure traffic volume and provide information for planning purposes.

The white squares, several of which can be seen on the side of the road near Sweeten Creek Road Bridge were placed there for mapping and surveys, a Blue Ridge Parkway spokesperson said. She said the mapping and surveys are being done by DOT to help with planning for Sweeten Creek Road.

The strips and the squares are temporary and will be taken up once the surveying and counting is completed.

If you have a question you'd like answered, write to Ask13@wlos.com.

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