Parks and Wildlife Remind Hunters about Highway 9 Project

colorado parksColorado Parks and Wildlife advises all hunters planning to travel on State Highway 9 this fall that now is the time to get information, plan an alternate route or anticipate extended delays due to major road construction. The highway, one of the main routes from Interstate 70 to prime hunting areas in Colorado’s Northwest Region, is undergoing an extensive two-year improvement project from the north edge of Summit County to just south of Kremmling. At the moment, the entire 11 mile stretch is unpaved. The project will feature wider lanes, improved sightlines and seven wildlife crossings, including two overpasses – the first of their kind in Colorado. Construction will not occur during the winter. Over the last twenty years, the narrow stretch of Highway 9 between Silverthorne and Kremmling has seen significant increase in traffic and approximately 600 motor vehicle accidents, including over a dozen human fatalities and 200 injuries. Also, because portions of the highway intersect a main migration route, there have been at least 600 incidents of wildlife killed by vehicle collisions, primarily mule deer, in the last 10 years alone. For more information about the project, including construction dates and alternate routes, hunters can visit the project website, by clicking here.

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