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TOMORROW: FDOT Activates New I-95 Ramp Signals In Boca Raton

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BOCA RATON, FL (Boca Post) (Copyright © 2024) —Starting Tuesday, May 28, 2024, the signals on the on ramps from Glades Road heading to I-95 northbound and southbound will be activated.

The ramp signals will be used to alert drivers to stop, the beacons at the ramp entrances will flash when the signals are managing traffic, according to FDOT.

Definition of Ramp Signaling
Ramp Signals are traffic lights situated on entry ramps along highways like I 95. They serve as crucial tools for traffic management to maintain smooth flow on highways and minimize collisions. These signals transition directly from red to green (without a yellow phase) to control the flow of vehicles entering the highway and reduce disruptions caused by merging traffic at entrances.

Purpose of Installing Ramp Signals along I 95
The installation of Ramp Signals along I 95 is based on their proven effectiveness in various metropolitan areas across the country. They have demonstrated improvements in mainline speeds, reduced travel times and fewer accidents. Considering the expected rise in traffic volumes in South Florida, effective management of our transportation system is essential for facilitating movement of people and goods across the region. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is expanding the Ramp Signal System as part of the next phase of the 95 Express construction to alleviate traffic congestion during busy weekday rush hours along I 95. Ramp Signals offer a cost effective solution compared to traditional widening projects and aim to enhance commuters travel experience.

Where will the new signals be placed?
Initially, Ramp Signals will be installed at all entrance ramps along I 95 in Broward and Palm Beach counties, spanning from Hallandale Beach Boulevard to Palmetto Park Road. The implementation of this system commenced in 2018.

When will Ramp Signals come into play?
Ramp Signals are monitored and managed by an FDOT Traffic Management Center. They are operational at varying times based on real time traffic conditions. These signals are activated as needed to regulate ramp traffic flow onto the mainline, especially during peak hours such as morning and afternoon commutes. Additionally, they may be activated during non peak hours due to incidents or special events affecting traffic flow.

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