Ramp metering begins at I-465 ramps – Indianapolis News | Weather Indiana | Indiana traffic

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – For the first time in Indiana, ramp metering went into effect Tuesday on the southeast side of I-465 between I-65 on the southwest side to I-70 on the east side in Indianapolis.

Ramp metering, or traffic lights at ramp entrances, are designed to assist traffic flow.

Some motorists were optimistic while others saw red.

Josh Ferris said, “I live out of the driveway, so we’ll find out soon enough. I hope it keeps people safe and doesn’t disrupt traffic flow as this is my daily commute.”

I-Team 8 watched the driveway from Washington Street for about a half hour. The lights switched from red to green to allow vehicles to enter the highway one vehicle at a time.

Sometimes some drivers wouldn’t drive close enough to the white line to activate the green light, so it would stay on red and cause a backup.

Kyleigh Cramer of the Indiana Department of Transportation said Tuesday, “We want people to know that they are the ones who need to activate this based on the weight of the car.”

I-Team 8 saw one driver run a red light, which turned green after passing.

At the Emerson and Brookville ramps to I-465, lights flashed yellow, allowing traffic to flow freely onto the highway.

But not everyone is a fan of the lights.

Mike Butler said, “It’s going to create a lot of traffic disruption on the on-ramp because people won’t know how to merge into the situation.”

Steve Cooper thinks it’s a waste of time. “I’ve done it in other cities and I didn’t care.”

There will be eight ramp meters: westbound Emerson, eastbound Emerson, southbound Southeast, southbound Shadeland Avenue, southbound Brookville Road, northbound US 52, southbound Washington Street and northbound US 40.

A map shows where ramp metering would begin in May 2024 at the I-465 on-ramps. (Supplied image / Indiana Department of Transportation)