Saturday, December 27, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Ramp metering lights ready for Solano debut

ramps lights 9_26_13

The onramp to eastbound Interstate 80 at Beck Avenue. The eastbound ramp metering lights are set to open in early 2014. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

By
From page A1 | February 14, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Motorists getting on the local stretch of eastbound Interstate 80 next week will get a kind of dress rehearsal for ramp metering lights.

Ramp metering lights since 2011 have sat unused from Red Top Road to North Texas Street. Starting Tuesday, the eastbound I-80 lights will turn on for the first time to deal with the afternoon rush hour.

But the lights will be green the entire week, according to the state Department of Transportation. That means motorists will be able to get on the ramps and go, as usual.

“There is a period of adjustment,” Caltrans spokesman Vince Jacala said.

That’s for both the motorists and Caltrans, he said. The agency will have crews in the field to monitor the metering lights to make certain they work properly.

Then, the week of Feb. 24 to 28, the era of metering lights within Solano County will begin in earnest.

The lights will be still be green Monday through Thursday during afternoon rush hour, unless there is a freeway accident or other unusual condition that creates heavy traffic. But, during Friday afternoon rush hour, the lights will alternate between green and red, acting as a stop light on the ramp to force vehicles to enter the freeway at intervals.

Friday afternoon rush hour from 2 to 8 p.m. has the worst traffic conditions and warrants using the lights, Caltrans studies show.

Metering lights will be activated at nine eastbound I-80 locations. These ramps are at Red Top Road, Highway 12 from Jameson Canyon, Suisun Valley Road, Chadbourne Road, Auto Mall Parkway, Beck Avenue, Travis Boulevard, Air Base Parkway and North Texas Street.

One local eastbound I-80 onramp signal will remain turned off – the one on the ramp leading from Interstate 680. Local transportation officials have said that vehicles are already metered at this location on Friday afternoons just by the sheer amount of traffic congestion.

“That one’s in the future,” Jacala said.

Ramp metering lights, though new to Solano County, have been used in Southern California for years. The Los Angeles/Ventura area has about 900 ramp metering lights, according to Caltrans.

Jacala said the purpose of the metering lights is to space out traffic, so vehicles don’t enter the freeway bunched closely together. That makes it safer for the vehicles merging and for the vehicles on the freeway, as well as improves the flow of freeway traffic, he said.

Some local motorists have expressed concern about the metering light on the connector between eastbound Highway 12 in Jameson Canyon and eastbound I-80. Motorists approach this area at highway speeds, unless traffic is heavy enough to slow them down.

“We have looked at it closely,” Jacala said. “We anticipate it will work just fine.”

This is to be just the beginning of ramp metering lights in Solano County. A second proposed step is activating ramp metering lights along both eastbound and westbound I-80 from Redwood Street in Vallejo to Interstate 505 in Vacaville, possibly in early 2015.

A final step would be to activate ramp metering lights in the remainder of the county, when money is found to install the lights, according a Solano Transportation Authority report.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 6 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • FDCFebruary 14, 2014 - 6:11 am

    Madness!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksFebruary 14, 2014 - 6:18 am

    FDC, we saw the sigs alerting us that they were turning the lights on. I Agree, madness is an appropriate choice!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • The MisterFebruary 14, 2014 - 6:51 am

    We were told we wouldn't need these for 20 some years... just that putting them in now allowed us to have Federal funds. Seems like a bunch of liars somewhere. My guess it has to do with the STA. You know they are a non-government organization that your local government voluntarily submits authority too. They are one of the "regional non-governmental" entities that are a part of Plan Bay Area, One Bay Area, ICLEI and Agenda 21. Everyday when you get stuck behind one of these metering lights, just think to your self, "Agenda 21 is real and it is impacting my life more and more."

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mike KirchubelFebruary 14, 2014 - 11:33 am

    Lordy me. Only a few days till the jack booted U.N. soldiers come marching down Texas Street. But yes, these lights were unnecessary.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • MarkFebruary 14, 2014 - 2:05 pm

    more spending of millions of taxpayer dollars for little to no benefit of the taxpayer.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Dan D. LionFebruary 14, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    I do not see how this will work to weed out traffic congestion....I think it could actually cause traffic snarls.....Why do we need these metering lights popping up everywhere?.....Why does CALTRANS take such pride in these unnecessary lights? Happy Valentines Barry Eberling !

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Suisun Valley celebrates appellation’s anniversary

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
 
Girl’s selfless act boosts Suisun Wildlife Center

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Beer for 1st butterfly of year challenge returns

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
 
Fire damages Fairfield home

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3

Car rolls over on Highway 113

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3

 
 
Suisun City police log: Dec. 25, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Fairfield police log: Dec. 25, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
 
.

US / World

California braces for first widespread frost

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
California gears up for migrant driver’s licenses

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 7 Comments

Inmate breaks out of jail through ventilation duct

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
People slide down bedsheets to escape motel fire

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Court: LA Police Department policy for impounding cars is OK

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
4 dead in fiery Northern California car crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Police officer shoots woman in leg in Hollywood

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 4 Comments

Bodies of woman, 3 grandsons found in burned home

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Truck crashes into home; 93-year-old resident dies

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Scientists target mess from Christmas tree needles

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Baby ostracized by other gorillas will switch zoos

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Thousands attend 8-hour wake for slain NYC officer

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Study: Marijuana use has increased in Colorado

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

Dog not gone: Rescue in the Columbia Gorge

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Lawmakers promise to help strapped oil-patch towns

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

Feline fame in cyberspace gives species a boost

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
At 101, dedicated union rep is calling it quits

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Can GOP shatter ‘Obama coalition’ in 2016?

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10, 2 Comments

 
GPS used to track some immigrants caught at border

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

10th anniversary of tsunami is marked with tears

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
.

Opinion

Sony hack is reminder of broader Sony dysfunction

By William Pesek | From Page: A8

 
A proud man, a good honorable man

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 30 Comments

 
.

Living

Today in History: Dec. 27, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: Dec. 27, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: Dec. 27, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B5

 
Remember, caregivers need some care attention, too

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B5

Cow that fled slaughterhouse in 2006 has new home, again

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
.

Entertainment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
1990s TV star ‘Screech’ charged in bar stabbing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7, 1 Comment

 
Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

.

Sports

Games to Remember from 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Suns outlast Kings 115-106 for 5th straight win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Anthony Davis, Roman meet over tweet

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Cleveland reaches 50 years of sports futility

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Arizona’s Lindley back at starter, Stanton has infection

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Prep JV boys basketball: Vanden gets win in Dixon tourney

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Could Watt be 1st NFL MVP from defense since Taylor in 1986?

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Dan Uggla joins Nationals for minor league deal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Georgia’s Richt: RB Todd Gurley heading to NFL

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Slumping New Jersey Devils fire coach Pete DeBoer

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
No. 1 Kentucky, No. 4 Louisville resume rivalry

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Raiders rookie CB makes most of opportunity

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
High-scoring offenses create longer college games

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Anderson: post-game petulance was out of character

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Chiefs QB Alex Smith out with lacerated spleen

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Globetrotters’ Robert ‘Showboat’ Hall dies

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
NC State wins Bitcoin Bowl to cap turnaround year

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Rutgers beats North Carolina in Quick Lane Bowl

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
La. Tech beats Illinois 35-18 in Heart of Dallas Bowl

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

This date in sports history for Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Weather for Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B11

 
.

Business

In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

 
Holiday deliveries improve but hiccups continue

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Missouri 1st to see average gas price below $2

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6, 1 Comment

 
.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

.

Home Seller 12/27/14

Average US 30-year mortgage edges up slightly

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR2

Real estate transactions for Dec. 27, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR2