While roundabout construction is complete, work will continue on the interchange, but will not interfere with traffic.
“We certainly appreciate the patience and understanding of Air Force Academy staff, local businesses, commuters and residents during construction on North Gate Boulevard,” said Dan Hunt, the project manager for the I-25 expansion project.
“Being able to partially close the North Gate interchange considerably shortened construction time from three to four months to less than three weeks.”
The two roundabouts, one at each point where the I-25 on- and off-ramps intersect North Gate Boulevard, are designed to improve traffic flow and increase safety.
“These are the first roundabouts associated with I-25 in the Pikes Peak region, but roundabouts are found in similar settings, particularly along I-70 in the mountains,” Hunt said. “We understand some drivers may not feel comfortable with roundabouts, but studies prove that they improve traffic flow and reduce traffic backups. This is particularly important during special events at the Air Force Academy when traffic routinely backs up onto I-25 in both directions.”
The following tips are offered for traveling through the roundabouts:
- Slow down as you approach the intersection
- Watch for signs and pavement markings that guide you or prohibit certain movements
- Enter the roundabout when there is a big enough gap in traffic to your left
- Drive in a counterclockwise direction
- Do not stop in the roundabout or pass other vehicles
- Use your turn signals when you exit the roundabout
If you miss your exit, continue around until you return to your exit
More @i25expansion Project information is available by visiting www.southi25expansion.com.
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