CDOT Adding Improved Safety Signage Across Northeastern Colorado Highways

July 16, 2013 - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - Signs to begin appearing statewide as part of new safety standard.

NORTHEASTERN COLORADO — In recent months, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), which is always looking for ways to improve motorist safety on state highways, has been installing new safety signage along I-25 north of State Highway 7, I-76 between Lochbuie and the state line, and US 85 north of 168th Avenue. The signs, which are black and blue squares approximately 12 inches wide by 36 inches high, are mounted on delineator posts in the medians of major highways to identify the authorized crossovers, have become a statewide standard and will start popping up across the state in the future.

“The new signs replace the previously standard small blue delineator buttons that are only an inch in diameter,” said CDOT Traffic Operations Engineer Larry Haas. “Because these panels are much easier to see, especially during inclement weather, they better aid emergency responders, plow drivers, and other road warriors to better recognize when a safe median crossover is coming up. This will not only help people like ambulance drivers from cutting time from their trips, but will also help plow drivers safely cross medians on busy, and crowded, highways.”

The new blue square indicator signs appear approximately 500 feet before a crossover, as well as on either side of the crossover. They just became a state safety standard, so motorists across Colorado should keep an eye out for them! Although the signs don’t mean anything in particular to the average motorist, ordinary people will benefit from more efficient responses to emergencies, as well as safer plowing across the state.

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