Work starts on new section of I-70 wildlife fence in Vail Valley |

Work starts on new section of I-70 wildlife fence in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – The wildlife fence work along Interstate 70 between Gypsum and has moved west to a new section between Dotsero and Glenwood Canyon.

The entire project consists of removing existing fence where necessary, and installing wildlife fence along the interstate between mile markers 140 to 173, signs on U.S. Highway 6 and wildlife escape ramps. The Colorado Department of Transportation contracted the work to Double D Construction.

“We continue to consult with the Colorado Division of Wildlife on the placement of the wildlife escape ramps to ensure they are in the best location,” project engineer Damian Leyba said. “The project is progressing very well – Double D crews are actually ahead of schedule right now.”

Through mid-March, crews will install 14,800 feet of 8-foot-tall fencing on the south side of the interstate between mile points 131.5 (at the mouth of Glenwood Canyon) and 133 (Dotsero). During this time, there will be daily shoulder closures and, occasionally, a single-lane closure.

The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph through the area. Work will take place Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Some Saturday work may be necessary.

This phase of the wildlife fence project begin June 15, starting with the section between Wolcott and Edwards. Crews will continue to work through the winter, weather permitting, with an completion expected in the early fall of 2010.

To learn more call 970-926-1845, or e-maill Double D Construction at

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