A set of wildlife corridors being installed in Colorado will allow animals to traverse a deadly highway without the risk of becoming roadkill.
Highway 9, stretching between Kremmling and Silvertone, is labeled as the most dangerous highway in America for wildlife, claiming the lives of 500 animals over the past decade. Accidents caused by wildlife have also killed 16 people in the last 30 years.
Officials with Colorado Parks & Wildlife and the Department of Transporation are hopeful that the series of over and under passes will allow deer and elk to cross the highway without interfering with traffic, making things safer for animal and human alike.
Although the danger posed by animals crossing Highway 9 has been a problem for years, the cost and scope of a wildlife corridor delayed its completion. The Highway 9 project, the first of its kind in the state, is finally moving forward with the cooperation of several committees, businesses, and government agencies.
Construction on the project has already begun, with the Department of Transportation warning commuters that it may cause lane closures and delays over the next two years.