Interstate 15 express lanes to be temporarily reconfigured daily to test barrier-transfer machine

SAN DIEGO – The Interstate 15 (I-15) express lanes will be temporarily reconfigured on a daily basis starting in early April as part of a short test of the barrier-transfer machine, according to Caltrans.

Starting Monday, April 8 and each weekday for a few weeks, the machine will start reconfiguring the I-15 express lanes early in the morning with three lanes in the southbound direction and one lane in the northbound direction. Then about mid-day, the machine will reverse the configuration with three lanes northbound and one lane southbound. The lanes will be reconfigured with two lanes in each direction on weekends.

“We’ve done some of this on a very limited basis and wanted to evaluate the machine’s performance during a full-scale operation simulation,” said Caltrans spokesperson Cathryne Bruce-Johnson. “It may be noticeable for some motorists, especially those that use the Express Lanes on a regular basis.”

The I-15 express lanes accommodate carpools, vanpools and buses free of charge. Single drivers with a FasTrak® account may also use the lanes. Electronic message signs will alert motorists when the barrier transfer machine is in operation.

5 Responses to "Interstate 15 express lanes to be temporarily reconfigured daily to test barrier-transfer machine"

  1. Me   March 28, 2013 at 10:51 am

    This is a stupid idea. It’s bad enough that driver’s clog up the passing lane when there are 2 lanes in each direction….now when we get behind these idiots driving 50 mph….we’ll have no way to go around them.

    Dumb idea CALTrans.

  2. Me   March 28, 2013 at 10:51 am

    please correct to driver’s

    VILLAGE NEWS RESPONDS: It’s not possessive. It is correct as it reads.

  3. Preston   March 30, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Is giving preferential treatment to individual drivers (that pay extra) fair to all tax payers?
    Should we allow a private company to construct additional lanes along a public road way for those that can afford to use it?

  4. Me   March 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    It’s not "preferential" treatment…EVERYONE is able to use it…if they pay.

  5. Reality Checker   April 1, 2013 at 7:15 am

    The point is, why the heck should we pay to use these lanes? Southern Californians have probably paid for the construction, maintenance and management of those lanes with gas and property taxes a hundred times over, even at today’s inflated costs. WE HAVE ALREADY PAID!!!!!! MANY TIMES OVER!!!!! Yet, there are a thousand fools easily parted with thier money every day for one person that knows money talks and bs walks. It’s a scam people. Just another scam on us by our elected officials. Don’t complain if you voted for the people that think crud like this is a good idea. You just got ripped off! How about that? Huh?


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