On Wednesday, August 26, Caltrans activated the meters that allow traffic onto to I-805 north from Telegraph Canyon Road. The stoplights have been in place for some time now, but it was not until this week that they were activated.

I knew about the impending introduction of metering prior to Wednesday because signs had been posted warning all drivers about it. On August 27, I forgot about the meters and left my home at 8:55 a.m. and drove along Telegraph Canyon Road to get on the freeway. Unfortunately, I got stuck in what turned out to be a backup that extended seven-tenths of a mile eastward to the intersection of Paseo del Rey. It took 18 minutes to get on the freeway from that intersection; whereas, on a normal day, without meters, it takes one and-a half to two minutes.

The meters are likely here to stay, so alternate routes should be used to avoid this backup. Olympic Parkway has a metered onramp but it has yet to be activated, so that is probably the best alternative for commuters who live south of Telegraph Canyon Road; H Street, to the north, is the other alternative

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PistolPete Aug. 28, 2009 @ 9:01 p.m.

"Metered" off-ramps have got to be one of the stupidest things I've seen on America's highways for quite awhile. There really isn't any point to them but put wear and tear on a person's car and waste fuel. I'm not one for the ecology. I couldn't give a s**t about it myself but I noticed that most Greenies don't notice that metered ramps do more harm than good for the environment.

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rickeysays Aug. 29, 2009 @ 12:51 a.m.

Metered ramps aren't to protect the environment. How do you imagine they would be? They're designed to keep traffic moving on the freeway. When you have an unending line of cars pouring onto the freeway it creates a backup.

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PistolPete Aug. 29, 2009 @ 1 a.m.

I never said they were for the environment. Take the 15 for example. Isn't 18 lanes enough to handle the massive amounts of cars coming from surface streets? I don't drive anymore so it really doesn't concern me but I really have to laugh at California for trying to go green. Sandy Eggo has one of the worst public transportation systems I've ever seen. I hear eco-geeks complaining all the time about the traffic here yet they all drive their own cars. If they're so worried about the environment,why don't they improve the public transportation system or car pool? There's something to be said about a state that talks alot of s**t yet never backs it up....

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SurfPuppy619 Aug. 29, 2009 @ 9:20 a.m.

"Metered" off-ramps have got to be one of the stupidest things I've seen on America's highways for quite awhile.

By PistolPete

No such thing as a metered "off" ramp.

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PistolPete Aug. 29, 2009 @ 12:24 p.m.

OK. Then a"metered"on ramp. I always thought off ramps led to the highway and on ramps led to surface streets.

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Josh Board Aug. 29, 2009 @ 1:02 p.m.

(in my best Seinfeld voice): Why do they call a drive-way a drive-way, when you park on it? And you don't park on a 'park way' but drive on it?

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SDaniels Aug. 29, 2009 @ 1:07 p.m.

PP spasmed: "I always thought off ramps led to the highway and on ramps led to surface streets."

Off means on, and on means off. Same with yes and no:

"No mister, we don't have access to more cash," says the terrified Hardees register operator. "Yes, you do," snarls PP, brandishing the knife.

Cops enter and draw guns. "Freeze, idiot!"

"No, leave me alone!" yells the kidnapped woman, struggling to get out of PP's car. "Ah, ya know ya want it," smirks PP, pulling back a ham hock to slap her silly.

Cops enter and draw guns. "Freeze, idiot!"

Later in prison:

"I thought the buzzer meant to leave my cell," snivels PP. "Never mind, you big hunk of pork. Let's just have a talk, man-to-man, right here in the showers."

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PistolPete Aug. 29, 2009 @ 1:33 p.m.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You're f*in' hilarious SD. Man! I'm cryin' over here. rolls eyes And it was George Carlin who did that joke,Josh.

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