District: District 3 - Marysville
Contact: Gilbert Mohtes-Chan
Phone: (530) 741-4571
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PLACER COUNTY — In an effort to relieve congestion and make merging safer for motorists, Caltrans announced plans to activate three new ramp meters next week and initiate around-the-clock ramp metering on all freeway entrances to southbound State Highway 65 from Lincoln to Roseville.
Starting Monday, October 14, the three meters going live are: Northbound Galleria Boulevard to southbound Highway 65; southbound Stanford Ranch Road to northbound Highway 65; and northbound Industrial Avenue in Lincoln to southbound Highway 65. The meters will have expanded hours of operation, which will allow these signals to also manage non-commute congestion with on demand metering.
At the same time, seven other ramp meters on southbound Highway 65 from Rocklin to Roseville will expand hours of operation. Traffic metering will take place anytime or day during the daytime or nighttime hours when there is heavy traffic congestion on the freeway.
The seven ramp meters affected are:
- Eastbound and westbound Pleasant Grove Boulevard on-ramps to southbound Highway 65.
- Eastbound and westbound Blue Oaks Boulevard on-ramps to southbound Highway 65.
- Eastbound and westbound Sunset Boulevard on-ramps to southbound Highway 65.
- Westbound Whitney Ranch Parkway to southbound Highway 65.
Currently, six of these ramp meters – except for Whitney Ranch – operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
This is the first time Caltrans will operate anytime metering for freeway on-ramps in the greater Sacramento Valley region. To alert motorists of the upcoming changes, the meters will rest on green this week.
Studies have found ramp meters are an effective way to reduce freeway congestion and collisions, improve travel time and make merging onto the freeway safer.
Caltrans District 3 is responsible for maintaining and operating 4,385 lane miles in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties. Caltrans issues updates about road conditions on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play.