TRAFFIC SIGNALS: Colorado Springs plans installation of radar traffic detectors

City looks to improve traffic flow at 222 busy intersections

October 10, 2013

The Pikes Peak Area Council of Government was approved to receive more than $275,000 to install advanced detection devices at nearly 40% of traffic signalized intersections in Colorado Springs, Colo.  About $190,000 will come from federal funding.

The advanced detection devices use radars to track the number and speed of cars approaching an intersection to trigger traffic lights and lighten congestion on the city’s busier streets. A total of 222 traffic light intersections will utilize the devices, and the busiest streets will have devices at every intersection.

The Colorado Department of Transportation tested the system on U.S. Route 24 and found the devices decreased congestion, delays, travel time and accidents.

The project is expected to start in 2014 and will take approximately three years to complete.