Additional ramp meters coming to Phoenix freeways

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Additional ramp meters that help rush hour traffic merge onto busy Phoenix area freeways will be activated on Monday.

The new ramp meters will operate along Interstate 17 on-ramps north of Loop 101 in north Phoenix. Existing ramp meters along U.S. 60 (Superstition Freeway) in Tempe will be reactivated now that new lanes are open following a freeway widening project.

The Arizona Department of Transportation said the new southbound I-17 ramp meters will run from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays at Happy Valley Road, Pinnacle Peak Road and Rose Garden Lane. Northbound I-17 ramp meters will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays at Utopia Drive as well as Deer Valley, Pinnacle Peak and Happy Valley roads.

An existing southbound ramp meter at Yorkshire Drive will be reactivated again Monday morning. It had been off during the major I-17 expansion project in the north Valley.

Westbound U.S. 60 ramp meters will operate from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays at McClintock Drive, Rural Road and Mill Avenue. Two eastbound meters, at Mill Avenue and Rural Road, will operate from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.

The signalized ramp meters, in use throughout the Phoenix area, create space between vehicles entering freeways. By improving merging conditions for drivers, the meters enhance traffic flow and improve safety by helping to limit accidents involving merging traffic.

Drivers with comments about the operation of the new meters can call ADOT at 602-712-7355. For more information, visit www.azdot.gov.