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First Ramp Meters Slated for Interstate 12 in Baton Rouge

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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.

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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.

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