Shoulder Lane Improvements on I-264
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
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This three phase enhancement project will help to clearly identify the shoulder lane for the traveling public during times of use. In an effort to have motorists better utilize these lanes; improvements will include new pavement markings, signage and the removal of overgrown vegetation.
To complete these safety improvements, Lane Control Signs (LCS) will be mounted over the designated lanes on the interstate. This phase began in late summer 2013.
These 20 Lane-Use Control Signals (LCS) will be along the entire eastbound and westbound segment of I-264 from Rosemont Road to Witchduck Road. Lane-use control signals are special overhead signals that permit or prohibit the use of specific lanes of a highway or that indicate the impending prohibition of their use. Lane-use control signals are distinguished by placement of special signal faces over a certain lane or lanes of the roadway and by their distinctive shapes and symbols. The new LCS will display a green down arrow indicating the shoulder lane is open or a red X symbol to indicate the shoulder lane is closed. A third symbol consisting of a diagonal yellow down arrow may be approved by the Federal Highway Administration for experimental testing. If approved, this symbol would communicate the need for road users to merge into an adjacent lane.
The work includes removing 10 existing dynamic message signs (DMS) that were used for the sole purpose of identifying the opening or closure of the shoulder lanes, and replacing them with the more cost-efficient and lower maintenance LCS.
Vegetative control, placement of 29 ground mounted signs and the addition of pavement markings and high-friction surface treatments were installed in 2013 to help identify these lanes to motorists. To complete these safety improvements, Lane Control Signs (LCS) will be mounted over the designated lanes on the interstate. This phase began in late summer 2013 and is currently scheduled for completion by the end of Winter 2015. The signs will then undergo testing, and should be operational by Spring of 2015.