Ramp meters on I-74 set to activate Tuesday

By Tiffany Teasley - bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Ask any driver who uses Interstate 74 and they'll tell you, merging on is a big mess.

"People will let you in, but they don't have to apply their brakes to let you in," said Anthony McClain, a Cincinnati driver.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is counting on new ramp meters to improve traffic flow along Eastbound I-74.

"They're designed to ease congestion and improve safety on the Eastbound 74 corridor, especially during the morning rush hour commute," said Sharon Smigielski of The Ohio Department of Transportation.

The meters will operate from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Montana, Spring Grove, North Bend and Colerain.

"The ramp meter will release one vehicle at a time on the green light, so the vehicle can merge from the ramp onto I-74," Smigielski said.

But some drivers say the meters may do more harm than good.

" I don't think I'd like to be coming to a complete stop on a ramp before merging," said Shawn Roberts.

"I think it will clog the traffic up more, as far as people exiting off one interstate to another," McClain said.

If state transportation officials see positive results where the ramp meters are currently installed we could see more of them popping up across Cincinnati.

"If the meters are a success, then there's plans to put them on I-75," Smigielski said.

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