District: District 3 - Marysville
Contact: Dennis Keaton
Phone: (530) 741-5474
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SACRAMENTO AND PLACER COUNTY — To help relieve congestion and make merging safer for motorists, Caltrans will change the times for 12 existing ramp meters on Interstate 80 (I-80).
These meters are tentatively scheduled to be changed on December 2, 2019. The metering hours will be based on traffic demand and will activate anytime when minimum traffic thresholds are met. The ramp meters will be active every day including weekends and holidays. To help alert the public of the changes, the meters were set to rest in green on November 22, 2019.
The meters will have expanded hours of operation, which will allow these signals to also manage non-commute congestion with on demand metering.
Traffic metering will take place anytime during the daytime or nighttime hours when there is heavy traffic congestion on the freeway.
The twelve ramp meters affected are:
- Eastbound and Westbound Madison Avenue to Westbound I-80
- Eastbound and Westbound Elkhorn Boulevard to Westbound I-80
- Eastbound and Westbound Antelope Road to Westbound I-80.
- Northbound and Southbound Riverside Boulevard to Westbound I-80
- Eastbound and Westbound Douglas Boulevard to westbound I-80
- Eastbound and Westbound Atlantic Street (one on-ramp) to Westbound I-80
- Southbound Taylor Road to Westbound I-80
Caltrans will operate anytime metering for freeway on-ramps for the third time in the greater Sacramento Valley region. The same method was used on southbound State Route 65 from Lincoln to Roseville earlier this month and along State Route 51 and 99 in Sacramento County.
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.