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New I-5 ramp meters turn on Tuesday in Tacoma

Long exposure shot of Tacoma Dome and I-5 traffic

TACOMA – Get ready, Pierce County drivers.

Your on-ramp to Interstate 5 could soon be metered.

Starting Tuesday, the state’s department of transportation will turn on three ramp meters in Tacoma and Fife.

The meters will be on the northbound ramps at:

  • East 28th Street
  • Port of Tacoma Road
  • 54th Avenue East

Ramp meters operate as traffic signals that regulate how fast cars can get on the freeway. WSDOT says meters help improve safety and reduce congestion on I-5.

However, some drivers feel they slow down traffic getting onto the highway.

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