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CDOT says I-25 on-ramp lights are having a positive effect

Posted at 6:31 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 20:31:49-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — The ramp metering lights on I-25 have been active for a couple of months now and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) says the data collected so far shows the lights are being effective.

CDOT said that in addition to reducing the number of crashes, the meters have led to fewer traffic jams and quicker commutes.

The department says on average, a trip through the city on I-25 takes two minutes less since the lights were first installed.

"We're trying to reduce severe injuries and fatalities on our interstate. That's always our mission number one. So, just take that into consideration when you're driving, and really treat them as signals, you know. Running a red light is running a red light whether it's on-ramp metering or a signalized intersection," traffic program engineer Jason Nelson said.

CDOT said they are in the process of getting the next phase of the ramp metering project ready to go. Phase 2 will consist of rebuilding four major ramps on the north end of the Springs.