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FILE – The Utah Department of Transportation will activate ramp meters at the Bangerter Highway and 14600 South on-ramps to northbound I-15 during Friday morning’s commute.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Transportation will activate ramp meters at the Bangerter Highway and 14600 South on-ramps to northbound I-15 during Friday morning’s commute. The meters are designed to improve traffic flow and enhance safety.

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Ramp meters function like traffic signals: Vehicles stop and wait while the light is red, then proceed when the light turns green. Too many cars trying to get on the freeway at one time causes congestion and stop-and-go traffic. The meters ensure that a few cars at a time enter the freeway, keeping the travel lanes operating smoothly.

The meters at Bangerter Highway and 14600 South are programmed to turn on during the morning and evening commutes, but they will be turned off during other times.

The meters were installed as part of the I-15 Point reconstruction project, which was completed in 2016. To help traffic during construction, engineers delayed activation of the meters until the Bangerter Highway interchange at 600 West opened.