CDOT I-25 Gap wildlife mitigation nearly complete, already being used by wildlife – Colorado Springs Gazette

The Colorado Division of Transportation and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife introduce…….

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The Colorado Division of Transportation and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife introduced Thursday the substantial completion of wildlife beneathpasses alongside the I-25 Hole between Citadel Rock and Monument.

The beneathpasses, A pair of of The Most very important in North America, permit wildlife movement beneath the freeway, which will enhance freeway protectedty for The typical of 87,000 Daily drivers by way of the Hole, As properly as to preserving migration halls for deer, elk and completely different animals.

The beneathpasses have been An factor of the preliminary planning for the I-25 Hole enterprise to widen and enhance the stretch of freeway that had not been addressed in over 50 years. Traditionally, CDOT says motorist/animal collisions have occurred at a price Of 1 per day Inside the stretch of freeway between Larkspur and Monument.

In a press launch, CDOT Authorities Director Shoshana Lew said, “In Colorado, shut toly 4,000 animal-car crashes are reported yearly, Ensuing in accidents and fatalities to people and costing an estimated $80 million.”

“Our nation-main wildlife hall program is enhancing protectedty and reducing wildlife and car collisions on I-25 and throughout our state,” Gov. Jared Polis said.

Planning for the beneathpasses was On A daily basis An factor of the design course of for the freeway enhancements.

“Quick forward from our first collaboration meeting shut toly 5 years in the past to right now, the place wildlife is now using the beneathpasses that we deliberate collectively,” said Brandon Marette, land use coordinator for CPW’s Northeast Area.

The work on the Hole hall wildlife mitigation Isn’t but accomplished, however 28 miles of deer fencing comprising 87% of The complete to be put in, 19 deer guards and 60 recreation ramps are in place.

CDOT and CPW are additionally placing in 59 cameras Inside the beneathpasses To hint the success of the enterprise. Tamara Rollison, CDOT Metro Communications Supervisor said, “The cameras Will not be linked for exact time public viewing however used as a evaluation system To consider wildlife movement.”

A wildlife overpass shut to the Greenland Road interchange On The backside of Monument Hill is deliberate, however funds Aren’t but out there.

Neither Is that this The one wildlife mitigation enterprise Inside the state CDOT is involved in. Other animal crossings are already in use. Based mostly on Rollison, CDOT has constructed 41 huge-animal beneathpasses and two overpasses statewide.

“There’s extra collaboration To return between our businesses — as we proceed to plan and implement stpricegies To maintain each people and wildlife species protected.”