While most of us are familiar with the traffic lights at the end of on-ramps, also known as ramp meters, we may not understand their value.
Our Kansas City personal injury attorneys answer some frequently asked questions about ramp metering.
What is Ramp Metering?
Ramp meters are traffic signals installed on freeway on-ramps to control the frequency at which vehicles enter the flow of traffic. They have played an important role in controlling the flow of traffic in increasingly dense urban areas.
Ramp metering has fit into overall freeway management systems to make these travel areas safer, particularly during peak hours.
What Are the Benefits of Ramp Metering?
Ramp metering has provided significant, long-term impacts for cities that have implemented them effectively.
Some of the most apparent positive effects include traffic speed increase, travel time reduction, collision reduction, and emission reduction.
How Does Ramp Metering Work?
Cities and localities may implement ramp metering strategies differently. For example, Los Angeles has local or fixed-time control, in which meters are either pre-timed to meet historical trends or are responsive to meet local, real-time conditions.
Other municipalities may have system control, in which ramp meters are responsive to system-wide conditions, such as optimizing traffic flow along an entire corridor.
Injured in an Accident? Contact Us Today
Although ramp metering has helped reduce traffic collisions on freeways, it’s not possible for them to stop all accidents. In fact, on- and off-ramps are some of the most hazardous areas for motorists, and are host to many accidents.
Contact Peterson & Associates today at 1 (816) 683-3278 to schedule a free consultation.