What are those huge roadside signs all about?
The I-80 SMART Corridor will change the way motorists drive on one of the busiest corridors in the Bay Area. Starting in July, we’ll be activating elements of the project gradually to allow motorists time to adjust to this new system. The most familiar elements will be introduced first, leading up to full activation of the system in August/September.
What is the I-80 SMART Corridor Project? Read more about the project or view an infographic to see how this network of integrated elements will enhance motorist safety, improve travel time reliability, and reduce accidents and associated congestion.
WHAT MOTORISTS WILL SEE – AND WHAT TO DO
Ramp meters will be set to show a continuous green light for one week to alert the public that metering will begin. Activation of the ramp meters will then proceed in phases to help you merge onto I-80 smoothly and safely.
Overhead signs will begin displaying colored arrows, X’s and advisory speeds during incidents. If the signs are on, slow down to advised speed limits. If warned of obstructed lanes ahead, change lanes safely.
TRAFFIC INFORMATION BOARDS
Traffic information boards will begin showing regional congestion and travel times. Choose the best route to get to your destination.
LOCAL STREET SIGNS
Local street signs (“Trailblazer” signs) will begin helping you navigate around an incident if you exit the freeway to detour around traffic. Drive carefully and return to the freeway when these signs indicate you’ve passed the incident.
By slowing down, clearing lanes and obeying signals and signage, you’ll be helping traffic flow more smoothly – improving speeds and safety for everyone, including emergency vehicles that may need to access the incident site. Check out the infographic below to see a bird’s eye view of the process, and share with your social media followers using hashtag #80SMART!
Read more about the benefits of the SMART Corridor on About the Project.