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Press Release - Ramp Metering Project Underway

COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2009


Contact:

Mindy Crane -- (303) 757-9469

Cell -- (303)-880-2136


RAMP METERING PROJECT UNDERWAY AS PART OF THE RECOVERY ACT


DENVER-- A safety and mobility project is underway through the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), which will install four ramp meters in various locations across the Denver metro area. The $1 million project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and will benefit communities in Adams, Douglas and Jefferson counties.


"Ramp meters are signals used during peak travel times to control the flow of traffic onto Interstates or freeways in order to prevent congestion and help improve the flow of traffic," said CDOT Traffic Engineer Steve Hersey. "The new ramp meters we are installing will help reduce accidents and improve mobility in four highly traveled areas."


Ramp meters will be installed on the following ramps:

  • Sheridan Boulevard to westbound US 36
  • 84th Avenue to northbound I-25
  • Kipling Parkway to eastbound C-470
  • Yosemite St. to westbound C-470

The project will also install a new automated traffic recorder on the ramp from northbound I-25 to Thornton Parkway. The automated traffic recorder will record daily traffic counts and will help CDOT identify traffic volume trends at this location.

Throughout the project, motorists can expect shoulder closures and various single lane closures on the ramps and corresponding highways. Work may take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lane closures on Interstates or freeways can take place Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Delays are possible and alternate routes are advised. For weekly lane closure information please visit http://www.dot.state.co.us/TravelInfo/CurrentCond/index.cfm and click on "Denver Closures."


Colorado Boring Co. of Fort Collins, CO is the contractor for this $1 million project which is scheduled to be complete in early September 2009.


In all, Colorado will receive more than $400 million for transportation projects and $103 million for transit projects. For a list of CDOT's Recovery Act projects, visit www.dot.state.co.us/arra.