June 14, 2013
Wildlife crossing busy highways can be serious safety hazards to motorists in Colorado. In fact, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) reports that almost 600 Colorado Car Accidents have occurred during the last 20 years along a single 10.6-mile stretch of Colorado’s Highway 9.
The crashes resulted in 16 deaths and approximately 200 others sustaining serious injuries, not to mention 450 animal deaths. In an effort to reduce the safety hazard wildlife can present in the region, Colorado Parks and Wildlife have partnered with CDOT to construct a $46 million infrastructure update project.
An article from Sky-Hi Daily News explains the job will consist of building wildlife underpasses and overpasses to allow animals to safely get across the highway. Special fencing also will be installed along the road to guide animals towards the safe crossing locations.
The only stipulation to the project breaking ground is funding. CDOT requires local governments provide 20 percent of the money needed. Currently, this leaves a $4.3 million deficit that must be met by Monday in order for the project to begin.
The Denver Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt law Firm recognize there are numerous hazards that motorists face when traveling. That’s why the firm is hopeful the project is successful in reducing the number of motor vehicle accidents in the region.