Public meeting tonight on I-435 ramp meters

Regional traffic managers will hold another meeting tonight in Johnson County to let drivers voice their opinions about meters being installed on ramps on Interstate 435 from Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park to the Grandview Triangle in south Kansas City.

Tonight’s meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Leawood Middle School, 2410 W. 123rd St. Officials from Kansas City Scout want to give drivers a chance to learn how the meters will work.

Used in many major metropolitan areas, the ramp meters work like traffic signals as they regulate the flow of traffic onto the interstate. The meters are intended to break up clusters of cars that enter the interstate at one time and cause traffic to slowdown on the highway. The signals usually force each car to wait a couple seconds before entering the highway.

The meters are now being built and are expected to start operating before Thanksgiving.