Variable speed limit signs placed in canyon

Be careful about speeding through Glenwood Canyon on Interstate 70 starting this fall.

That’s because work will begin this month on a new variable speed limit sign project along a 15-mile stretch of the interstate through the canyon.

The project is designed to enhance safety, particularly during the winter months.

Not only will the project include variable speed limit signs that will change depending on conditions, but it also will include live cameras, speed detection devices and road sensors to keep an eye on things.

The project will add: 

■ 73 new standard static signs.

■ 17 new dual variable speed limit signs.

■ Three weather stations.

■ Nine closed-circuit cameras for live monitoring.

Currently, the general speed limit through the canyon is 50 mph, but after the new technology is installed, that will increase to 60 mph, at least for passenger vehicles. 

Trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight will have to stick with the current speed limit.

Those speed limits are subject to change depending on conditions, such as inclement weather, road maintenance or construction.

The project also will remove 38 existing static signs and change five single variable speed limit signs.

Some of the signs will be designed to give motorists advanced warning of conditions they are approaching while driving through the scenic canyon.

Motorists should expect some delays and temporary lane closures while Colorado Department of Transportation crews are installing the signs and needed power lines.

Those delays also may impact people using the bike trail along the highway.


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