Eagle County wildlife fence project is complete | VailDaily.com

Eagle County wildlife fence project is complete

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Double D Construction LLC have just completed a project that installed nearly 100,000 feet of wildlife fencing along a 33-mile stretch of Interstate 70, from Gypsum to Dowd Junction.

Contracted to Double D for $1.89 million, this work consisted of removing existing state right of way fence where necessary, installing wildlife fence between mile marker 140 and mile marker 173, and installing signs on U.S. Highway 6.

Crews also constructed median crossovers, which involved removal of 12 feet of concrete safety barrier in two separate sections (at mile markers 171.5 and 172.5) and installation of guardrail in these areas to allow animals both large and small to cross the interstate.

Finally, a total of 58 wildlife escape ramps were constructed-four of which were funded by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. These one-way earthen ramps are constructed six feet high (where a notch in the eight-foot high fence has been cut), allowing animals to escape the highway right of way and jump back to safety on the other side.

For the five-year period from 2002 through 2006 (the most recent data available) there were 361 wildlife-vehicle collisions out of 1,996 total crashes-making wildlife-vehicle collisions about 18 percent of all types of collisions along this stretch of I-70. This percentage varies from year to year and is higher during wildlife migration season (generally October through February).

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