With strong commitments toward human safety and the protection of wildlife, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are looking forward to the start of the Colorado Department of Transportation's SH 9 Colorado River South Wildlife and Safety Improvement Project. The approximately $46 million in highway improvements was recently given a green light after the public, local governments and the Blue Valley Ranch raised and contributed over $9.3 million in required matching funds to meet CDOT's requirements under their Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships, or RAMP program.
Planned improvements along the 10.5-mile stretch south of Kremmling include the straightening of the roadway, improved sightlines, widening of the shoulders and the installation of fencing that directs animals toward five underpasses and two overpasses designed specifically to allow wildlife easier passage across the busy highway. Although currently used in other states and countries where wildlife collisions are a concern, the highway overpasses will be the first of their kind in Colorado.
According to CDOT, construction of the SH 9 Colorado River South Wildlife and Safety Improvement Project is scheduled to begin in late 2014, with work continuing during the spring and summer of 2015 and 2016, when the project is expected to wrap-up. To stay updated on this project, visit CDOT's web site at http://www.coloradodot.info/.
For more detailed project information, read the full press release.