Motorists driving through Stockton will see a change on Interstate 5 on Wednesday as one of the four northbound lanes from Country Club Boulevard to Hammer Lane will be the first carpool lane along that stretch of the highway.
Caltrans reports 134,000 vehicles a day travel on I-5 through Stockton during the morning and afternoon rush hours.
Yvette Davis with the Commute Connection says traffic congestion is increasing and the carpool lane will ultimately be one solution.
“Since it is a short segment to begin with, we may not see a very significant response but we’re hoping that at least make people aware that there is that option," Davis says. "We work with commuters to encourage them to use alternate modes such as carpooling and van pooling and ride sharing using transit. Carpooling if you're adding two or three to a car, you're removing three cars off the road."
Davis says by the end of the year car pool lanes will open up along the 8-mile stretch of I-5 through Stockton both north and south from Martin Luther King Boulevard to Hammer Lane.