- Caltrans Also Activating Three New Ramp Meters on the CorridorPLACER 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 toRoseville.Starting Monday, October 14, the three meters going live are: Northbound Galleria Boulevard tosouthbound Highway 65; southbound Stanford Ranch Road to northbound Highway 65; andnorthbound Industrial Avenue in Lincoln to southbound Highway 65. The meters will haveexpanded hours of operation, which will allow these signals to also manage non-commutecongestion with on demand metering.At the same time, seven other ramp meters on southbound Highway 65 fromRocklin to Roseville will expand hours of operation. Traffic metering will takeplace anytime or day during the daytime or nighttime hours when there isheavy traffic congestion on the freeway.The seven ramp meters affected are:Eastbound and westbound Pleasant Grove Boulevard on-ramps tosouthbound Highway 65.Eastbound and westbound Blue Oaks Boulevard on-ramps tosouthbound Highway 65.Eastbound and westbound Sunset Boulevard on-ramps to southboundHighway 65.Westbound Whitney Ranch Parkway to southbound Highway 65.Currently, six of these ramp meters – except for Whitney Ranch – operatefrom 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.