NDOT: Additional wildlife fencing in store for US 50 to prevent animal collisions

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The Nevada Department of Transportation is planning a major fencing project along US 50 in Dayton in hopes of preventing vehicle and wildlife collisions.

Spokeswoman Meg Ragonese says the project tentatively planned for late Fall 2018 or early Spring 2019 will include approximately 10 additional miles of wildlife fencing from Stagecoach to the new USA Parkway extension in Silver Springs.

Right now -- six and a half miles are fenced between east Dayton and Stagecoach and three miles are enclosed between USA Parkway and 95A in Silver Springs. 15 plus miles of USA Parkway is fenced from the US 50 junction in Lyon County to the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center in Storey County.

While there is a significant amount of fencing already in place throughout the Virginia Range -- there are still plenty of holes that allow wildlife including horses onto the roadway.

A Carson City man was killed on September 30, 2017 after his Ford SUV collided with a feral horse east of Silver Springs. Police say 26-year-old Andrew Corbin attempted to avoid the horse, but overcorrected, causing him to lose control.

On January 16, 2018, a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper was injured after striking several horses on US 50 and Enterprise Road east of Dayton.

In addition to the widening project, the Nevada Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Nevada Department of Wildlife is conducting research to prioritize potential safety enhancements at the most concentrated and critical areas of vehicle-animal collisions statewide.

NDOT officials say horses continue to linger around US 50 corridor due to the fact that food and water are readily available in the developed areas.

Ragonese says more than a dozen signs have been installed urging motorists to be aware and alert of horses near the roadway.

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