La. Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Sherri LeBas recently announced that work on the state’s first interstate highway ramp meter system began May 10.
The ramp meters will help reduce congestion, provide a safer merge for vehicles entering the interstate travel lanes, improve travel time reliability and complement the I-12 widening.
Once activated, the ramp meter signals will stop vehicles for about four seconds on the on-ramp and allow drivers to access the interstate in an orderly and evenly-spaced fashion, sometimes described as a “zipper effect.”
“The ramp meter system combined with the widening projects on I-12 will result in a reduction of travel times by more than 30 minutes for some commuters,” LeBas says.