Work begins on I-70 wildlife fence
September 20, 2007
EAGLE COUNTY The Colorado Department of Transportation has contracted ElectroBraid Fence Inc. to build wildlife fence along Interstate 70 between Eagle and Dowd Junction for $1.79 million.
The work consists of removing existing state right of way fence, where applicable, and installing wildlife fence from mile marker 147 to mile marker 173. From mile marker 164 to mile marker 164.5, the existing slope on the north side of I-70 will be benched and the deer fence will be installed on this bench.
Crews began work last week with removal of the existing fence. Construction will last through December followed by a winter suspension. The contractor will resume construction in the spring of 2008 and complete the project by end of the year.
Traffic will periodically be reduced to one lane through the work zone. The speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph. Any travel delays will be weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some Saturday work may be necessary. “On average, wildife-vehicle collisions on I-70 make up around 4 percent of total accidents – this particular stretch, however, can see upwards of 26 percent wildlife-vehicle collisions,” said CDOT Resident Engineer Peter Kozinski. “CDOT is eager to do what we can to help reduce this safety issue for the 25,000-plus motorists who drive this corridor each day.”