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North Gate Blvd. set to reopen under I-25

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Department of Transportation says newly installed roundabouts will improve traffic flow and safety at a busy north Colorado Springs interchange.

North Gate Boulevard has been closed for construction since September 22, 2013. It is scheduled to reopen at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

The two new roundabouts were built where the I-25 on and off ramps intersect North Gate Boulevard. CDOT says building roundabouts is a proven strategy for making your drive faster and safer. "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," said Dan Hunt, the Colorado Department of Transportation's project manager for the I-25 expansion project. "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."

CDOT tips 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
  • Since these roundabouts have multiple lanes, choose your entry lane based on your destination:
  • To turn right at the intersection, choose the right-hand lane and exit in the right-hand lane
  • To continue through the intersection, choose either lane, unless otherwise signed, and exit in the lane you entered
  • To turn left, choose the left lane

CDOT says that while roundabout construction is complete, work will continue on the interchange, but will not interfere with traffic. However, drivers are reminded to stay alert and watch for crews working in the area.

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