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Date Published: 2013-07-17

Contact: Damon Hodge

Phone: (702) 385-6509

Title: Freeway Ramp Meters on Charleston Boulevard, I-515 and I-15 to be Activated July 18 to Help Manage Traffic

Story Text:

  LAS VEGAS – The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) use freeway ramp meters as part of an integrated network to manage traffic on valley freeways. On Thursday, July 18, the Freeway and Arterial System of Transportation (FAST), which is a cooperative effort between RTC and NDOT, will activate ramp meters on I-515 and southbound I-15. 

The ramp meter on northbound Charleston Boulevard at I–515 will operate during prime commute hours, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The remaining ramp meters on I-515 and southbound I-15 will only be activated during periods of heavy traffic congestion.  While the meters are typically activated during the morning and afternoon commutes, motorists should obey the signal, and stop at the meters whenever they are activated.

Ramp meters are currently in place on portions of I-15 and U.S. 95/I-515. The ramp meters are traffic signals with only red and green lights that control cars merging onto the freeway to help reduce congestion and increase road safety. When the signal turns green, one car per lane may proceed along the ramp and merge safely onto the freeway.

In addition, motorists can view travel conditions before driving by utilizing the live-streaming video of traffic cameras that can be seen on the RTC’s website at http://www.rtcsnv.com and NDOT’s website at http://apps.nevadadot.com/cameras/default-vegas.asp.  Earlier this year, FAST tested the camera network operating along the valley’s freeways and major arterials.  A total of 240 existing cameras are now a permanent fixture on the RTC and NDOT’s websites.  Commuters throughout the Las Vegas valley can check traffic conditions prior to leaving their homes or workplaces.  Live-streaming video is also available along I-15 between Jean and Primm, benefiting both tourists and residents driving to and from Southern California. 

In conjunction with RTC and NDOT, FAST is responsible for the management, maintenance and operation of the dynamic message signs, traffic cameras and ramp meters on valley freeways. FAST is also responsible for traffic signal coordination on Southern Nevada’s major roadways.

The RTC is the transit authority, transportation planning agency and regional traffic management agency for Southern Nevada. The RTC’s vision is to provide a safe, convenient and effective regional transportation system that enhances mobility and air quality for citizens and visitors. The RTC encourages residents and visitors to use alternate commute modes to help reduce traffic congestion, clean the air and improve the quality of life in Southern Nevada.  RTC transit service carried more than 60 million passengers last year and is one of the most efficient transit systems in the nation. For more information on the RTC, visit rtcsnv.com or use your mobile device to access the RTC’s Ride Tracker, a GPS-based, mobile website that enables transit riders to easily see when buses are due to arrive.

Established in 1917, the Nevada Department of Transportation is responsible for the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of 5,400 miles of highway and more than 1,000 bridges comprising the state highway system. NDOT’s mission is to provide a better transportation system for Nevada through unified and dedicated efforts. The department is divided into three districts. The districts are responsible for supervising all state transportation activities within their local areas. NDOT’s headquarters is located in Carson City; district offices are in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko. NDOT is overseen by a seven-member directors’ board and run by senior staff. Visit www.nevadadot.com for more information.