What are those huge roadside signs all about?
The I-80 SMART Corridor is changing the way motorists drive on one of the busiest corridors in the Bay Area. Starting in July 2016, we began activating elements of the project gradually to allow motorists time to adjust to the new system. The most familiar elements were introduced first, leading up to full activation of the system in September of 2016.
What is the I-80 SMART Corridor Project? Read more about the project, watch an informational video 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 SEE – AND WHAT TO DO
Ramp meters are set to help you merge onto I-80 smoothly and safely. Ramp meter hours are 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, and as traffic conditions dictate on weekends.
Overhead signs are dark, unless a lane-blocking incident occurs. Then, colored arrows, X’s and advisory speeds are shown. If the signs are on, slow down to advised speed limits. If warned of obstructed lanes ahead, change lanes safely, as shown here.
TRAFFIC INFORMATION BOARDS
Traffic information boards show regional congestion and travel times. Choose the best route to get to your destination.
LOCAL STREET SIGNS
Local street signs (“Trailblazer” signs) will activate to help 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.