Those who commute out of Tacoma and Fife during peak traffic periods could face some delays getting onto Interstate 5.
Starting Tuesday, traffic meters on three northbound I-5 ramps will go live in an effort to curb congestion on the highway.
The three locations:
East 28th Street
Port of Tacoma Road
54th Avenue East
There are three meters already active and running on the corresponding southbound I-5 ramps. They were first activated in July 2017.
“Adding these three for the northbound I-5 ramps on Tuesday, July 9, brings it to a total of six ramp meters in the Tacoma/Fife corridor,” Washington State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Linda Robson said.
The new meters are part of a larger project to help manage traffic flows statewide, Robson said.
Ramp meters are stop-and-go traffic signals that control the number of vehicles entering the flow of traffic on highways. They reduce collisions system-wide by 30 percent, according to WSDOT.
The meters are set to activate under specific traffic conditions. Typically, that’s during peak traffic periods from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., when congestion is at its worst.
The three new meters will be permanent fixtures, Dobson said.