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New Metering Lights To Be Turned On Along I-280 In San Jose

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Cars line up at a metered freeway onramp. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Cars line up at a metered freeway onramp. (David McNew/Getty Images)

SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — New metering lights will be turned on along Interstate 280 in downtown San Jose this week, just the first of hundreds of ramp lights that are slated to go live across the Bay Area.

The California Department of Transportation plans to activate nearly 325 new ramp meters in the region over the next four years in a bid to reduce traffic delays.

Traffic engineers project the lights along southbound I-280 in downtown San Jose will decrease delays during the afternoon commute by about 6 percent.

More than 80 percent of the freeway ramps in San Jose are now metered, according to Caltrans. That makes it the highest concentration of metered ramps in the Bay Area.

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