CDOT says the pavement has been successful. It was created with a mixture of gravel and epoxy, a glue-like material.
So far, CDOT has laid down traction pavement along the I-25/I-225 overpass and a good chunk of roadway on the ramp between I-225 and Parker Road; one lane has not been completed.
"It's not going to prevent all slides and that's what's important to remember. You still have to be careful and drive safely. But what it does is add a little extra traction for you on flyovers," CDOT spokesperson Mindy Crane said.
Flyovers, like the I-225 bridge, tend to cause the most accidents. But with the traction pavement in place this winter, the numbers of accidents reported on it have been rather low.
"Which is a great sign," Crane said.
This spring, CDOT is going to install a sprinkler-like system with sensors that will monitor the bridge for ice and automatically spray magnesium chloride.
"We kind of ran out of days to completely finish the project," Crane said.
CDOT isn't sure how many accidents the traction pavement has helped prevent. Its engineers say the pavement is making a difference.
"It's definitely meeting our expectations so far. But it is still early in the process and we want to study it a little bit longer," Crane said.
As for its day to day clean up work, CDOT says it has been dealing with other icy roadways pretty well this winter. CDOT wants to remind people they cannot be everywhere at once.
So if the roads are bad, just be patient and eventually they'll get to them.
The traction pavement project along the I-225 flyover and between southbound I-225 and northbound Parker Road cost $1.5 million.
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