JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) delivered two latest-technology LED-lit warning signs, programmed to come on at night 30 minutes before sunset and 30 minutes after sunrise. The signs will replace two original static deer signs on Broadway at each end of a stretch identified by officials as being historically dangerous for mule deer and motorists. Speed along the portion of Broadway was also recently reduced from 35mph to 30mph.
Commuters and motorists in the Jackson area will be seeing new LED deer warning signs after today, WYDOT said.
The new signs are in response to a collaborative effort between WYDOT, Teton County, Town of Jackson, and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation in an effort to reduce wildlife collisions and improve driver safety countywide. The LED deer signs are a part of a comprehensive approach to addressing wildlife collisions.
In addition to the warning signs and reduced speed limits on Broadway, an educational media campaign promoting ways to avoid collisions with wildlife is also underway.
“These signs should make all motorists unfamiliar with the area aware and alert to avoid the potential conflict with wildlife. These signs also supplement the reduced speed limit,” said WYDOT traffic engineer Darin Kaufman. “Right now the signs are programmed to come on nightly year-round, but in the future they could be adjusted for specific months of the year where there has been historically a higher crash trend with wildlife. The crash data seems to indicate that January through February show the peak occurrences.”
WYDOT is asking local drivers and commuters to take note of the new signs, be aware of your surroundings, and take extra precautions during dawn and dusk hours.