California Department of Transportation
Date: March 28, 2014
District: 06 - Fresno, Madera, Kings, Tulare & Kern counties
Contact: Gloria Rodriguez, public information officer
Phone: (559) 444-2409
NEW BRAIDED RAMPS A WELCOME ADDITION FOR FRESNO COUNTY MOTORISTS
FRESNO – Thousands of motorists who regularly travel the busy traffic maze between State Routes 180, 41, and 168 are enjoying less stressful, safer commutes, thanks to new braided ramps Caltrans recently opened.
“The completion of this project is a welcome improvement for Fresno commuters,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, “who will no longer have to tackle merging and weaving movements between three busy freeways.”
The SR-180 Braided Ramps Project added two new braided connectors that allow motorists to use new designated lanes between interchanges to safely merge into freeway traffic. These connectors are identified as “braided ramps” since one connector goes over the other, similar to a braid. This section along SR-180, with an average annual daily traffic count that often surpasses 150,000 vehicles, is a principal artery for Fresno commuters and motorists from outlying communities.
The First Street undercrossing was also widened, providing a safer route for pedestrians and bicyclists, and the Cedar Avenue on-ramp to westbound SR-180 was expanded to accommodate a new ramp metering system. In addition, the project features new guardrails to enhance safety and new sound walls to reduce freeway noise for nearby residents.
The $53 million project was funded by the State Highway Operations and Protection Program funds and local Measure C funds administered by the Fresno County Transportation Authority’s half-cent sales tax initiative.
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