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To Beat Traffic, San Francisco's I-80 Is Getting 'Smarter,' Not Bigger05:47

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Traffic backs up on Interstate 80 at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) strike snarls the Monday morning commute on October 21, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)closemore
Traffic backs up on Interstate 80 at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) strike snarls the Monday morning commute on October 21, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

More than 270,000 vehicles make their way down San Francisco's Interstate 80 every day. Many of those vehicles will spend hours in gridlock traffic. Thousands will get into accidents every year.

Drivers, many of whom have consistently rated I-80 as the worst in the area, asked for a change and now it's happening. CalTrans and local municipalities have teamed up to create the I-80 Smart Corridor Project.

Instead of adding costly lanes and environmentally risky construction, the project will use a multimillion-dollar "smart network" of electronic meters and signs that will change based on traffic conditions. The creators believe that when it goes into effect later this year, it will reduce traffic and accidents significantly.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson spoke with two of the project's leaders, Randy Durrenberger and Cristina Feraz, for a look at what they see on the road ahead.

Guest

  • Randy Durrenberger, design manager for the I-80 Smart Corridor Project.
  • Cristina Ferraz, project manager for the I-80 Smart Corridor Project.

This segment aired on April 22, 2015.

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