Jan 29, 2013 8:59 PM by Zach Thaxton
Twenty new electronic variable message signs have been going up along four major traffic corridors in Colorado Springs over the past few months, but none of them are in use yet at a cost of $15,000 each. The signs were provided to the City of Colorado Springs as part of a Federal grant to reduce traffic congestion. They are being installed on Woodmen Road, Austin Bluffs Parkway, Nevada Avenue, and Platte Avenue. The first set have been installed along Woodmen and Nevada and should be activated within the next month, according to city transportation manager Kathleen Krager. The others will be installed and activated along Austin Bluffs and Platte over the next several months.
The signs are multi-color and significantly smaller than other variable message signs along I-25, US-24, or Powers Boulevard. They are also installed in much shorter distance intervals than the other, larger signs. They will display traffic information such as accidents or disabled vehicles and special events that may impact congestion. "About 25 percent of our congestion is a result of incidents such as someone fixing a flat tire in a through lane or a traffic accident," Krager said, "and if we let motorists know ahead of time, they can make wise decisions that maybe they might want to take an alternate route."