The Wyoming Department of Transportation has replaced two static deer warning signs with newer, LED-lit warning signs. The new signs are programed to come on at night 30 minutes before sunset and 30 minutes after sunrise.
They are intended to reduce wildlife collisions and improve driver safety and are part of a collaborative effort between WYDOT, Teton County, the Town of Jackson, and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation.
WYDOT has already reduced speed limits on Broadway and launched a campaign promoting ways to avoid wildlife collisions.
“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. Right now the signs are programed 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 Traffic Engineer Darin Kaufman said.