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  • Billy the Kid Jul 2, 4:11 p.m.

    This should make the secondary roads nice a jam packed full of people waiting to go. I guarantee that this will do nothing!

  • tobywilliamson1973 Jul 2, 3:09 p.m.

    Insurance companies are going to make a killing from the accidents on the ramps now!

  • Pepe Silvia Jul 2, 2:36 p.m.

    I like how every single comment is about the ramp meters and none about the ferrys or rest stops!!!

    — Posted by Espee4449

    Because no one cares about some ad space at a ferries and rest stops! Big whoop.

    I drive on the highway every day.
    I stop at rest stops a few times a year.
    I ride ferries... basically never.

  • Pepe Silvia Jul 2, 2:32 p.m.

    Lets see I stop for the red ramp light then it turns green I get hit as I pull on the road..... View More

    — Posted by Jump1

    Its not the same as a light at an intersection.

    The light is just to limit the number of cars attempting to enter the highway at the same time. You are still responsible for merging safely just like you are now.

  • European American Jul 2, 2:29 p.m.

    Lets see I stop for the red ramp light then it turns green I get hit as I pull on the road..... View More

    — Posted by Jump1

    How is this any different than how it works today? The light is at the top of the ramp, not the... View More

    — Posted by tendonut

    No, the ramp light is located half-way along the on-ramp. So you have half the length to gain enough speed to merge.

  • Jul 2, 2:11 p.m.

    Don't like it? Complain to your elected officials. Evidently, this is exactly what you were hoping for. Well, you got it.

  • tendonut Jul 2, 1:52 p.m.

    Lets see I stop for the red ramp light then it turns green I get hit as I pull on the road..... View More

    — Posted by Jump1

    How is this any different than how it works today? The light is at the top of the ramp, not the end of the acceleration lane. After the light turns green, you have the entire acceleration lane to get up to speed, which rarely gets above 30mph.

  • killerkestrel Jul 2, 12:19 p.m.

    Lets see I stop for the red ramp light then it turns green I get hit as I pull on the road..... View More

    — Posted by Jump1

    If the other driver hits you from behind, they are at fault. If you hit the driver while they are on the mainline and you are entering on the ramp, you are at fault.

  • KittenClaws Jul 2, 12:07 p.m.

    Oh, no! Not another traffic device for southern drivers to figure out.

    Really? Do you really think only "southern" drivers may not have experienced ramp lights before? Really?

  • Jump1 Jul 2, 11:56 a.m.

    Lets see I stop for the red ramp light then it turns green I get hit as I pull on the road.. Is the other driver a fault, as I had a green light????

  • jcthai Jul 2, 11:20 a.m.

    My biggest concern concerning ramp meters is for big rigs. Has anyone considered the danger it... View More

    — Posted by lasm

    The DOT only plans on using these traffic lights during high traffic periods (rush hours), so... View More

    — Posted by tendonut

    Ramp metering works JUST FINE in Southern California. Traffic engineers aren't idi ots you know. Well, except for the one who designed the intersection between US70 and I540.

  • csmac99 Jul 2, 11:17 a.m.

    In my experience, these work decently on ramps where the traffic is moving well below the speed limit and as long as right lane drivers allow cars to merge.

  • iopsyc Jul 2, 11:14 a.m.

    Meet me at the Swan Quarter-Pounder Ferry Terminal

  • tendonut Jul 2, 11:09 a.m.

    My biggest concern concerning ramp meters is for big rigs. Has anyone considered the danger it... View More

    — Posted by lasm

    The DOT only plans on using these traffic lights during high traffic periods (rush hours), so accelerating down/up a ramp to the interstate and suddenly hitting a red light is probably not going to be happening anyway. The idea with these is when a massive flow of cars come onto the ramp, instead of the ramp getting all gummed up at the end of the merge lane where it affects the interstate traffic, it will instead keep the congestion back a ways and stage the flow of cars into the merge lane.

    Lets face it, traffic on the ramps are going to suck either way during heavy traffic periods. What difference does it make to the car on the ramp if the congestion is caused by a light on the ramp or too many cars trying to merge all at once in the merge lane? The difference here is the former doesn't affect interstate traffic.

  • adithium2 Jul 2, 10:53 a.m.

    Oh, no! Not another traffic device for southern drivers to figure out.

    — Posted by Billy the Kid

    that would be funny if everyone from the area wasn't a yankee

  • neal_Durham Jul 2, 10:43 a.m.

    I'm not sure where you people that say this doesn't work are getting your data from. Having traveled quite a bit to the west coast bay area where these are installed, I can tell you from my personal driving experience that these work quite well.

  • pause to consider Jul 2, 10:42 a.m.

    I like how every single comment is about the ramp meters and none about the ferrys or rest stops!!!

    — Posted by Espee4449

    Ads on everything is coming. As long as the revenue is reported publicly and in relation to their expenditures and budget, it's a great tax saver.

    Of course, the movie 'Idiocracy' is more prophetic than a just a comedy!

  • Billy the Kid Jul 2, 10:39 a.m.

    Oh, no! Not another traffic device for southern drivers to figure out.

  • Jul 2, 10:36 a.m.

    I like how every single comment is about the ramp meters and none about the ferrys or rest stops!!!

    — Posted by Espee4449

    Folks don't care about anything that doesn't directly affect them. These ramp lights may confuse and irritate some of our less than bright residents (evidently, we have a lot of folks from up north that have specific views of this). It will be a little learning curve, but will eventually be accepted as all things are. But loading up the S.S. TimeWarner and stopping at the Viagra Rest Stop will take some getting used to. By the way, if someone is mugged at the Viagra, will they be liable??? I just don't want a ferry named after Anderson Screen Doors. And will everyone be required to listen to commercials while riding the ferries?

  • MonkeyFace Jul 2, 10:15 a.m.

    They have the ramp signals in CA and they work rather well! I have gone out there on business a... View More

    — Posted by jwpnc

    That's because people know how to correctly use them, and are use to them.

  • dee7 Jul 2, 9:54 a.m.

    I have lived in a city that had these lights before. If you have a 4-cylender or a hybrid car, you have no chance of being up to speed by the time you have to merge.

  • Jimm57 Jul 2, 9:51 a.m.

    Ramps meters have been tried out on several busy highways in the U.S. (for example on the Long... View More

    — Posted by westernwake1

    As a former L.I.'er, I couldn't agree more. It did not help the situation. It merely frustrated the drivers waiting for the car ahead to go, then wait for your very own green light. Ugh!

  • Espee4449 Jul 2, 9:42 a.m.

    I like how every single comment is about the ramp meters and none about the ferrys or rest stops!!!

  • juchushu Jul 2, 9:36 a.m.

    I've seen them doing preliminary measurements on the off ramp for Harrison Ave onto 40. Traffic get's backed up on Harrison at SAS just to get onto 40 as it is. I can't imagine how congested it will become once they install a meter. smh

  • European American Jul 2, 9:31 a.m.

    Which company did the Senate write this Bill for? It was most likely written in such a manner that only one possible company could do the job. Identical to the Jordan Lake mixers.

  • oceancandle Jul 2, 9:18 a.m.

    Ridiculous idea! It'll just make it even harder to merge into traffic in places like Cary where no one shows the common courtesy to let you merge, they'd rather cause an accident than to let someone merge in front of them, they will not move over to the next lane so you can merge even if no other cars are on the road...and then they have the nerve to flip you off if you manage to merge in front of them or pass them! If the DOT is going to put up merge lane lights then they need to also put up highway lights so all traffic stops to allow the merge lanes to actually get a chance to get on the highway without being injured or dying. NC, quit wasting our money with idiotic ideas!

  • jmcdow2792 Jul 2, 9:11 a.m.

    I hope these are used sparingly and with a lot of thought put into each one. Will they back up so much traffic that the street from which the traffic is turning will be impacted? I am skeptical that these will work out.

  • I-Defy Jul 2, 9:08 a.m.

    When you see someone coming down the on ramp, get over and let them merge safely. I see too many of you white knucklers stay in your lane and not letting people merge. If driving around here terrifies you that badly start taking cabs. The traffic here is light to some other places, we have it easy. Its you scaredy cats causing the problems.

  • pause to consider Jul 2, 8:50 a.m.

    Money would be better spent on driver education. I think a short film showing the differences between merging at speed vs. merging too slow would do wonders for highway safety while reducing congestion!

  • mac240 Jul 2, 8:47 a.m.

    I've spent a lot of time in Sacramento and the meters there work great, they make a big difference; also at a lot of intersections there is a sign stating $350 fine for running a red light! That seems to work also.

  • didisaythat Jul 2, 8:36 a.m.

    I have seen good and bad reports on the meters. I am not convinced the results will out weigh the cost. Drivers need to just lean the rules of driving.

  • diamondjack Jul 2, 8:35 a.m.

    The money would be better spent by increasing the lenght of the merge lanes, to allow the cars to get up to speed to merge, from a dead stop a PRIUS will take till the next exit to get to speed!.

  • pause to consider Jul 2, 8:30 a.m.

    "Which fool in the legislature or DOT decided that ramp meters were a good idea?"- follow the... View More

    — Posted by dwntwnboy2

    I would say the drivers who do not get up to highway speed now (a majority!) will only go slower with these ramp lights. It's really bad when a car stops at the bottom of a ramp (being too slow to begin with) and now the DOT plans to stop us in purpose?

  • emser09 Jul 2, 8:20 a.m.

    Northern Virginia used these for a few years with the same thoughts of easing congestion and making it easier to merge into traffic. Guess what - It didn't work like they thought it would, and after a few years they were turned off. Waste of time and money. Why not take your survey teams and so called experts and go to other areas of the country to see for yourself or better yet speak to them to see how it worked in the more congested areas of the country. Oh wait that wouldn't happen because that would mean you were being logical. Our government at work. I guess they can now say at least we tried something.

  • jnail Jul 2, 7:50 a.m.

    This has been tried in many larger cities and eventually deemed a waste of time, effort and money. The only thing it does is generate additional revenue from an already faulty infrastructure.

    Growing up in TX and seeing this in Dallas, San Antonio and Houston i can tell you all 3 pulled the plugs on them after 5 years. It leads to more congestion on side streets, more drivers flooring it to get on the highway, and higher collision rates because people either crawl through them or just plain ignore them.

  • lasm Jul 2, 7:47 a.m.

    My biggest concern concerning ramp meters is for big rigs. Has anyone considered the danger it can cause when these rigs come down a ramp gaining speed to merge into traffic and the "meter" (stoplight) is red? Or, have you considered being behind a loaded rig going UP a ramp, only to be stopped at the "meter" and that rig trying to get started again to merge. A stop light was meant to have a two-way stop light...which is impossible on interstates (which is where these "meters" are going to be placed on the ramps merging into the interstate). Imagine being on the road intersecting the interstate and traffic jams because no one can access the interstate because the ramps are backed up onto the intersecting road. I see BIG problems here.....

  • Transmaniacon Jul 2, 7:20 a.m.

    Ramps meters have been tried out on several busy highways in the U.S. (for example on the Long... View More

    This is just simply false. They are widely used throughout the country and definitely do aid in regulating the amount of traffic merging into a highway. Go take a look at California, some of the busiest roads in the country, and they successfully employ ramp metering.

  • lsdhome Jul 2, 6:39 a.m.

    Can't we escape from advertising ANYWHERE?

  • dwntwnboy2 Jul 2, 6:35 a.m.

    "Which fool in the legislature or DOT decided that ramp meters were a good idea?"- follow the money. SOMEONE is going to make money on this, my guess is the same people who proposed it to begin with. Seems like a silly idea to start with. Why stop traffic on a ramp that is designed to get the driver up to speed? These lights will act like the "GO" light at a drag race- cars will have to accelerate ASAP to merge from a dead stop- not bright.

  • JustOneGodLesThanU Jul 2, 6:18 a.m.

    "The DOT already had the authority to install ramp meters, but under current law, running a red light on a meter would have been treated the same as running a regular red light, subject to a ticket and insurance points. Anticipating a public outcry, the agency postponed use of the meters."

    They've been delaying implementing this because they were worried a bunch of lawbreakers would be upset?

  • kennedy63 Jul 1, 9:48 p.m.

    People do not know how to merge correctly now. Half the time I see people trying to merge on I-40 driving well under 65 or 70 while people on 40 are driving at least at these speeds. So now your going to make them leave on the ramp at a dead stop and see if they can merge without getting ran over ? I can see this now cars will be backed up for sure in rush hour trafic. This will only create a worse traffic jam and delay not to mention a waste of our tax money that we could use better else where. Its just in another intrusion by big brother trying to tell us how to drive etc.

  • justafella Jul 1, 7:54 p.m.

    It would be nice to renew my Drivers License online, or by phone, hate going to the office.

  • rushbot Jul 1, 6:10 p.m.

    i have driven on these things before and it is a nightmare.....if the ga would tax fuel and charge impact fees for all the new houses and multi-family homes being built, maybe we could get enough new schools and roads built........

  • sinenomine Jul 1, 4:54 p.m.

    PAUSE TO CONSIDER has hit the nail on the head in wondering why driver education should be considered to be over when you get your first license. It is my understanding that additional education is available particularly for older drivers. I don't know where you sign up but would assume maybe the AARP or your insurance company might be a good place to start.

  • farm Jul 1, 3:55 p.m.

    Ramps meters have been tried out on several busy highways in the U.S. (for example on the Long... View More

    — Posted by westernwake1

    Hmm. They have something similar in San Francisco that works better than having nothing.

  • jwpnc Jul 1, 3:53 p.m.

    They have the ramp signals in CA and they work rather well! I have gone out there on business a few times and I found them to be a good thing.

  • pause to consider Jul 1, 3:39 p.m.

    Seriously, why is there no driver education efforts AFTER drivers ed. when you're 16? That might be money better spent!

  • pause to consider Jul 1, 3:37 p.m.

    Ramp signals Will not improve anything. It will not make people actually accelerate up to highway speed nor will they make other drivers merge properly. It'll just be another control mechanism by the government and a source of traffic fine revenue. The money they spend on this could be spent on driver educational ads and PSA's. SMH

  • iopsyc Jul 1, 3:26 p.m.

    One ticket for the Ocra-Coca-Cola ferry please.

  • AliceBToklas Jul 1, 3:07 p.m.

    Does anyone really want to get on the Malaysian Airlines Ferry?

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