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CalTrans to add a third express lane for I-15 morning commuters

"Zippers" will be busier starting Monday
Posted at 6:42 PM, Feb 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 21:42:31-05

SAN DIEGO - The morning commute on Interstate 15 should get a little easier for thousands of North San Diego County commuters beginning Monday. 

CalTrans said it would add a third southbound Express Lane for the morning rush hour.

A CalTrans spokesperson said upwards of 300,000 vehicles use the 15 every day. CalTrans has also studied traffic on the highway for years. For most of 2016, the multi-million dollar barrier transfer machines (BTM) were used to move the center barrier in the Express Lanes to have a third lane to match the rush hour commute in the morning and afternoon.

The new plan will only add a third express lane for the morning commutes Monday through Thursday. The Express Lanes will have two in both directions the rest of the week.

The Express Lanes are reserved for carpools and single drivers who have a Fastrak transponder.