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Overview

The Beltline Highway at Delta Highway project is located in Lane County. Following analysis, ramp meters were recommended at four locations to alleviate congestion and unsafe conditions in the Beltline Highway corridor through Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

ITS is the application of advanced technology to address transportation problems. ITS makes use of advanced communication and computer technology to address these problems and enhance the movement of people and goods.

The project was anticipated to analyze, design, and construct ITS solutions along the Beltline Highway corridor. The project also looked at ways to reduce speed using ITS solutions. ODOT, in collaboration with the City of Eugene and Lane County advanced the planning study recommendation of placing ramp metering at Beltline Hwy on ramps from River Road and River Avenue eastbound, and at Beltline Hwy on ramps from Green Acres and Coburg Roads westbound. The ramp designs were completed in the fall of 2012 and the project work was awarded to Lantz Electric Inc. of Eugene. Construction was completed at the four recommended locations in June of 2013. A ramp meter is a traffic signal on a ramp that controls the rate vehicles enter a freeway facility. Solutions other than ramp metering, such as traffic messages and ways to reduce speed were considered in the analysis. Kittelson and Associates Inc., under a separate contract, will do performance evaluations of the four ramp meter locations to determine how effectively they are reducing congestion.

Benefits

The Beltline Highway (OR 569) carries the majority of traffic crossing the Willamette River and connecting western Lane County to Interstate 5. Traffic moving onto and off of Beltline Highway between River Road and Coburg Road is slow and congested during busy travel times. While a planning study is underway to assess deficiencies on Beltline Highway between River Road and Coburg Road and recommend long-term solutions, any projects to address the deficiencies through new infrastructure will take several years to develop and fund. In the meantime, ITS solutions are expected to ease congestion by using the existing infrastructure as efficiently as possible. View a video comparison of the Beltline Highway with and without ramp meters.

Current Status

Analyses for ramp metering on Randy Pape' Beltline and variable speed analysis for Delta Highway have been completed. Construction of the ramp metering at Green Acres Road and Coburg Road westbound ramps and River Road and River Avenue eastbound ramps to Beltline Rd were recommended. Design and construction are completed.

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Dec. 22, 2010 n/a 2013 Winter 2013/2014