Why would the meter be on at 8:40 one morning, but not the next? — Kate DeWeese, Tacoma
They’re operated remotely by technicians monitoring traffic in WSDOT’s Traffic Management Center. When the operators see traffic conditions developing that warrant using the meters, Bingham Baker says, they activate them.
That human touch eventually will change, Bingham Baker said.
“As we continue to expand and upgrade our Intelligent Transportation Systems hardware and software, the SR 16 meters will be converted to ‘smart meters’ that automatically calculate the best activation and cycle times based on real-time traffic conditions on the ramps and mainline highways,” she said.
“We’re in the process of finalizing installation of 18 meters on the I-5 ramps between Marvin Road in Lacey and SR 512 in Lakewood,” she said, “and when they’re activated later this spring, they’ll have that automated capacity.”