NDOT finishes most fencing to stop wild horse-vehicle collisions near Dayton

This is a screenshot of a Nevada Department of Transportation video on fencing installed near...
This is a screenshot of a Nevada Department of Transportation video on fencing installed near Dayton to reduce vehicle collisions with wild horses.(NDOT)
Published: Apr. 14, 2022 at 8:12 PM PDT
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DAYTON, Nev. (KOLO) -The Nevada Department of Transportation reports it has finished most of the project to reduce collisions between vehicles and wild horses on U.S. 50 in the Dayton area.

Fence installation started in early January. NDOT installed more than 8 miles of four-strand, 4-foot livestock fencing along U.S. 50 between Nevada 341 to near Our Park in west Dayton, between Fortune Drive and Occidental Drive and between Six Mile Canyon Road and Chaves Road, NDOT said Thursday in a statement.

In the near future there will be brief roadway shoulder closures on U.S. 50 as NDOT installs roadway lighting at the end of each fenced section for better visibility.

The new fencing joins the nearly 24 miles of existing highway fencing on U.S. 50 between Dayton and Silver Springs.

The area where the new fencing was installed had 27 horse-related crashes between 2017 and 2019, NDOT reported.

NDOT offered these tips for driving safely in areas with wildlife:

  • Obey all speed limits, traffic signs and regulations.
  • Wear seatbelts and limit distractions while driving.
  • Heed animal warning signs. Be alert for the potential of wildlife, particularly where wildlife warning signs are posted.
  • Actively scan all sides of the road as you drive and look for any signs of wildlife.
  • Slow down or otherwise adjust driving speeds if necessary to help reduce the chance and impact of an animal collision.
  • Remember that many accidents are not due to colliding with wildlife but are the result of driving into another car or truck in the opposite lane while trying to avoid colliding with the animal.

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