Green light go: Ramp metering project set to start on I-25

Published: Aug. 5, 2019 at 9:20 AM MDT
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There will soon be a new mechanism controlling when drivers can get on Interstate 25.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said crews were starting to install ramp meters along a dozen on-ramps through Colorado Springs the week of Aug. 5. CDOT said this is the first time meters have been installed south of Denver.

The meters are traffic lights that will be installed at the end of the on-ramps and will alternate between turning red and green. When the light is green, one car is permitted to merge onto I-25 at a time.

CDOT said the project will help make the interstate safer and control the flow of traffic better.

The lights will be activated depending on the average speed of the interstate, which will be monitored by technology. 11 News’ partner The Gazette

the metering will be triggered when speeds drop to 45 mph or below.

The meters are set to be installed on the following on-ramps:

South Academy Boulevard to NB I-25

West Bijou Street to NB I-25

W. Uintah Street to SB I-25

W. Uintah Street to NB I-25

Fontanero Street to NB I-25

Fontanero Street to SB I-25

Fillmore Street to SB I-25

Fillmore Street to NB I-25

Garden of the Gods Road to NB I-25

Garden of the Gods Road to SB I-25

South Rockrimmon Boulevard to SB I-25

Nevada Avenue to NB I-25

CDOT said crews will work on two ramps at a time. The plan is to start with the ramp from South Academy Boulevard and work north on all the on-ramps for I-25 north before starting on the southbound ramps.

Drivers should expect to see crews out working Monday-Thursday between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. CDOT said there will be shoulder closures during the day and occasional lane closures overnight. The night work is scheduled to happen between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

CDOT said the meters will be functional as crews finish working on each ramp. The entire project costs about $2.5 million. Everything is expected to be finished by early summer 2020, barring any weather or shipment delays.