LAS VEGAS - A viewer wants to know why ramp meters are never on at the on-ramp from East Charleston Boulevard to U.S. 95/I-515.
The viewer says at times dozens of cars will fill the ramp, even when freeway traffic is running smoothly.
Transportation officials say sometimes when a ramp is backed up, RTC FAST will completely shut off the ramp meter. This is called flushing out the ramp.
Population growth and traffic volume are also factors. Approximately 30,000 cars enter the freeway at that location. The ramps must accommodate this significant traffic flow.
In this particular case, there was a specific problem.
The connection between the ramp meter equipment and the software that operates the ramps was not working correctly because it was no fully finished. RTC FAST has been working with the Nevada Department of Transportation to fix the problem. The project should be completed this spring.
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