Spokane's first-ever metered ramp makes debut Tuesday

SPOKANE, Wash. - One of Spokane's busiest on-ramps is getting an upgrade.

US-195 northbound onto I-90 eastbound will become Spokane's first-ever metered ramp on Tuesday morning when WSDOT engineers flip the switch on its new traffic signals. The ramp will be metered weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. During those time spans, the ramp will split into two lanes, each with their own traffic light.

"When you have bumper to bumper trying to get on, three or four cars all trying to get into one space onto I-90 it doesn't really work that well," traffic engineer Glenn Wagemann said. "We're trying to create gaps of four to fifteen seconds where all those cars aren't coming on at once."

Wagemann told KXLY the ramp, worth between $300,000 and $400,000, will result in small delays, but will also result in a smoother and safer commute. 

"Our goal is to eliminate the crashes wherever they're at," he said, mentioning ramp meters reduce collisions by up to 30 percent.

It's a first for the city, but it most definitely won't be the last ramp meter we see here. It's the first of six new metered ramps across Spokane. By next summer, we'll see ramp meters on the I-90 eastbound ramps on Walnut Street, Monroe Street, Division Street and Hamilton Street, as well as the I-90 westbound ramp on Browne Street.

To read more about the projects, click here.

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