Traffic impact expected Wednesday as lights are installed at Marksheffel and Meadowbrook Parkway

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A busy intersection along Marksheffel Road is getting a new look.

El Paso County announced that traffic lights would be installed at the intersection with Meadowbrook Parkway beginning Wednesday around 6:30 p.m.

"People go flying down Marksheffel and 24 all the time. It’s not surprising that they’re putting one in," said Ben Andrus, who lives nearby.

El Paso County Public Works said there's been a lot of growth in the area, and the traffic lights will make the intersection safer for everyone.

"In that specific area, the commercial development that’s going on there, the residential development that’s going on, there’s more people that are traveling by foot, traveling by vehicles, and it’s just going to help the traffic flow, increase safety for the traveling public," said Kevin Mastin, the deputy director for El Paso County Public Works. "Even the people that are walking around the sidewalks, crossing streets, things like that, just making the intersection more safe for our citizens."

During the evening construction, Mastin said drivers should expect delays due to lane closures. The county says one lane in each direction will be shut down on Marksheffel.

"Just be patient," Mastin said. "Give the workers a break. Give them the space that they need to get the job done, so it can be safe and we can get the project completed and get things moving."

Work is expected to be completed before the Thursday morning commute.

El Paso County said the project is expected to cost around $1.7 million. The money came from TABOR funds.