Wildlife safety improvement project

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The Colorado Department of Transportation, along with its contractor Ideal Fencing, is celebrating the completion of a new wildlife safety project along I-70.

The project stretches along a 27-mile segment on I-70 between Rifle and De Beque.

19 miles of fencing that was already there was repaired, along with the addition of new fencing.

Eight new deer guards and 45 game ramps were also installed so that deer and other wildlife are less likely to wander to the interstate.

The project was started last October and cost $4.6 million.

Sloped deep ramps located along natural migration pathways for deer and wild game provide safe escape paths from the interstate. The steep drop-off on the other side of the ramp keeps them from entering the interstate at those locations.

The fencing, combined with wildlife ramps, has proven to be effective in reducing crashes involving wildlife along the interstate, keeping both motorists and wildlife safe.

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