Northwest NEWS

August 20, 2001


Commuter alert: new I-405 ramp meters

BOTHELL - Commuters should be aware that the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) activated two new ramp meters on Monday, Aug. 20, along Interstate 405 within the Bothell city limits. New ramp meters are located on I-405 at State Route 522 eastbound to southbound I-405, and NE 195th Street to southbound I-405. Hours of operation vary based on traffic conditions. According to WSDOT, typical ramp metering occurs from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Ramp meters also have the capability to be manually adjusted by WSDOT meter operators due to special conditions such as accidents or irregular traffic flow during non-peak hours on weekdays and weekends. The metering rate at these locations will be adjusted automatically based on vehicle occupancy. WSDOT operators will closely observe and calibrate metering parameters in the first few weeks of operation.
   For information, contact WSDOT at or call (360) 705-7000. Or call the City of Bothell Transportation Division at (425) 486-2768.