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I-74 Ramp Meter Fact Sheet

Where are the ramp meters?

The ramp meters are located at the North Bend, Montana, Colerain/Beekman and Spring Grove ramps to eastbound I-74

When are the ramp meters operational?

The ramp meters are used during the morning rush hour from 6 to 9 a.m.

Is every vehicle stopped on these ramps?

When the ramp meter is operating, every vehicle must stop at the traffic signal. One vehicle is released per green signal. At the two-lane ramps at Montana and Colerain/Beekman, the green signal alternates between the two lanes. When the system is not operating, the signals rest on green.

What did the project entail?

The project installed ramp metering traffic signals on the entrance ramps to eastbound I-74 from North Bend Road through Spring Grove Avenue. The $2.97 million contract was awarded to JR Jurgensen. The work items included:

• North Bend Road – Shoulder widening to accommodate installation of a law enforcement pad for traffic monitoring, new pavement markings, and installation of the signal system

• Montana Avenue – Reconstruction of the entrance ramp to accommodate an additional lane for traffic storage, pavement markings, installation of the signal system, and a law enforcement pad for traffic monitoring. The addition of this second lane required cutting five feet of rock from the hillside at Montana, accounting for approximately half of the $2.97 million cost of the contract.

• Colerain Avenue/Beekman Street – Reconfiguration of the existing lanes to accommodate new traffic patterns, which required the removal and replacement of existing pavement, new pavement markings, installation of the signal system, and a law enforcement pad for traffic monitoring.

• Spring Grove Avenue – New pavement markings and the installation of the signal system.

What is ODOT doing to address concerns?

ODOT continues to monitor traffic and make adjustments in the system. Early observations indicate that eastbound I-74 traffic during the AM peak is flowing well at approximately 55 mph.