Putting a fence between wildlife and the highway

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Glenwood Springs, Colo. (AP) - State highway crews will start putting up fencing along a stretch of Colorado 82 South of Colorado Springs to keep wildlife off the highway.

There were 39 wildlife-vehicle collisions on that stretch of highway in 2005, the most recent data available.

Starting Monday, the Colorado Department of Transportation will begin installing an 8-foot-high fence along the highway.

Six wildlife escape ramps will also be built on both sides of the road.

The earthen ramps will be built into cutouts in the fence.

The project will include deer guards, similar to cattle guards. The Transportation Department is working with the Colorado Division of Wildlife on the construction.

The state will use federal funds for the $423,810 project.

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