New ramp meters activated along I-80

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (KRON) — Drivers along the Interstate 80 corridor in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties will see new meter ramps Tuesday morning as part of the I-80 SMART Corridor system.

Caltrans in partnership with Alameda County Transportation Commission and Contra Costa County Transportation Authority will activate 43 new ramp meters for the first time Tuesday.

The ramp meters are connected to the I-80 SMART Corridor system, which is an intelligent adaptive system that will actively monitor traffic conditions throughout the corridor.

The goal is to “improve safety, enhance mobility and address freeway congestion by controlling traffic demand so freeway capacity is not exceeded,” according to Caltrans officials.

The metering lights are for both eastbound and westbound directions during the weekday morning commute hours of 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The ramp metering lights will remain solid green for the afternoon weekday commute from July 26th until August 2nd, at which time they will activate in both directions during the afternoon weekday commute hours of 12:00 8:00 p.m.

Meters will also be operating on weekends, starting July 30, depending on the traffic conditions.

Caltrans officials say that it is common for motorists at newly activated ramp-meter locations to experience delays during the first few days.

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