Deer crashes down dramatically on E-470

AURORA — A new stretch of fencing designed to reduce deer accidents on E-470 in Denver’s eastern suburbs is making a stark difference.

Deer crashes dropped more than half from 2012 to 2013, after the installation of 8-foot high deer fences along a 5-mile stretch of the highway, The Aurora Sentinel reported Thursday. There were 43 crashes in 2012 and 20 deer crashes last year.

Road engineers say the drop is even more impressive considering that the fences weren’t finished until the fall. So far this year, there have been just two deer collisions in the 5-mile stretch.

With much of the road winding through some ideal deer habitat — grassy hills, several streams and stands of pine trees on rolling plains — deer are always going to be an issue.

Walt Arnason, manager of operations for E-470, said with no major predators in the area, the deer population along E-470 remains high.

“It’s not a migratory herd, it’s a stationary herd that just lives here,” he said.

The drop in deer-related crashes is coming at a time when traffic on the toll road is only increasing, up 13 percent from 2008 to 2013. .


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