New I-5 ramp meters turn on Tuesday in Tacoma

TACOMA - Get ready, Pierce County drivers.

Your on-ramp to Interstate 5 could soon be metered.

Starting Tuesday, the state's department of transportation will turn on three ramp meters in Tacoma and Fife.

The meters will be on the northbound ramps at:

    Ramp meters operate as traffic signals that regulate how fast cars can get on the freeway. WSDOT says meters help improve safety and reduce congestion on I-5.

    However, some drivers feel they slow down traffic getting onto the highway.