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Ramp meter installation to begin next week

Ramp meters will be added next week to keep traffic moving along Interstate 25.

The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin installing ramp meters on northbound and southbound ramps at Colo. 392 on Carpenter Road and on the southbound on-ramp at Harmony Road. Ramp metering systems are the traffic signals on entrance ramps that lead to a highway and allow vehicles to enter a highway based on traffic conditions.

The installations are expected to improve highway speeds, safety and travel times.

The $440,000 project will begin Monday and is expected to be completed mid-May, according to a news release from CDOT.

Metering will only take place during peak times in the morning and evening — when traffic is most congested.

A ramp metering feasibility study completed in 2014 found the three locations along I-25 were the only locations to benefit flow traffic on I-25. "While the original study done in 2014 showed ramp meters were warranted at these three locations, a follow-up study has now shown that every ramp on I-25 from Johnstown to Fort Collins could use ramp meters," said Larry Haas, CDOT regional traffic operations engineer, in a news release. "That's how quickly our population and traffic congestion has grown."

Construction for additional ramp meters may be installed as part of the North I-25 Express Lanes project, which is expected to begin at the end of the year or the beginning of 2018.

The ramp meter installation should have a minimal impact on traffic and work will be done on ramps from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.