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First I-25 metered merge lanes starts in Colorado Springs

Driving Change
Posted at 8:12 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 22:12:29-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — There is a new way of getting on to Interstate 25 through Colorado Springs. Metered merging just started on the northbound on-ramp at the South Academy Boulevard. "It only triggers on when average speeds dip below about 45 miles an hour," said Colorado Department of Transportation, Spokesperson, Michelle Peulen. Eleven more metered merge systems happen at more on-ramps over the next two months.

Drivers see a red light, green light system they have encountered in other cities. "The type of technology that we have in Colorado Springs is the first of its kind in the state," said Peulen. The new Colorado Springs takes it to a high tech advanced level.

Sensors and a computer help calculate real-time adjustments. "Each signal is independently responsive,” said Peulen, It will monitor the queue on the ramp, how fast speeds are going." It also considers the size of vehicles and weather conditions.