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Dry Piney Wildlife Crossing Project has their ground breaking ceremony on Tuesday

Dry Piney Wildlife Crossing Project is breaking ground on Tuesday
Dry Piney Wildlife Crossing Project is breaking ground on Tuesday(Valeria Fugate)
Published: May. 9, 2022 at 6:31 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Twenty percent of state-wide Wyoming crashes in 2020 were wildlife crashes.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is breaking ground on Tuesday’s Dry Piney Wildlife Crossing.

“This is the first major construction project since we launched the wildlife crossings initiative. And this is the first time those license plate funds from the conservation license plates are going on the ground. To make a difference for wildlife and drivers,” said Sara DiRienzo, Public Information Officer of the Wyoming Game & Fish Department.

The groundbreaking will happen roadside, on Highway U.S. 189, between La Barge and Big Piney.

The Dry Piney Wildlife Crossing Project includes almost 17 miles of road fenced on both sides and nine underpasses.

The project will primarily provide safe passage for mule deer and pronghorn and improve motorist safety, especially in the winter months.

The projects will cost over 15-million dollars.

“The whole purpose is to reduce those vehicle collisions. We’ve put in these underpasses that will allow the animals to cross underneath the highway with the fencing that funnels them to the structures. That will reduce our collisions and promote safety on the highway both for the animals and for the drivers,” said Keith Fulton, Assitant Chief Engineer, Engineering & Planning for WYDOT.

Federal Build Grant funds support the project and contributions from the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, the Wyoming Transportation Commission, Sublette County, conservation organizations, private donors, landowners, and the public.

This joint project is to improve safety for both motorists and wildlife and the completion of this project is estimated for the fall of 2023.

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