FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SACRAMENTO COUNTY — To help relieve congestion and make merging safer for motorists, Caltrans will extend the operation times for 13 existing ramp meters on eastbound Interstate 80.
These meters are tentatively scheduled to be activated Monday, February 3. 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 January 24.
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 13 ramp meters affected are:
- Enterprise Boulevard
- Southbound and northbound El Camino Avenue
- Southbound and northbound Truxel Road
- Southbound and northbound Northgate Boulevard
- Norwood Avenue
- Southbound Raley Boulevard
- Northbound Marysville Boulevard
- Winters Street
- Longview Drive
- State Highway 244
Caltrans continues using the operate anytime metering for freeway on-ramps in the greater Sacramento Valley region. The same method was first used on southbound State Highway 65 from Lincoln to Roseville in late 2019.
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.