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The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation purchased two radar speed limit signs to help reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions on Highway 390.
The signs display a motorist’s speed and flash a warning if the vehicle is traveling faster than the posted speed limit. The foundation raised nearly $20,000 to purchase the signs. The Wyoming Department of Transportation finished installing them Sept. 22. Teton County Road and Levee Department will now maintain the signs under an agreement the WYDOT and the foundation.
The southern section of Highway 390, also known as the Village Road and Moose-Wilson Road, winds through dense patches of willows and parallels the Snake River—prime habitat for a moose population that is in decline, according to a news release.
Moose-vehicle collisions spiked on the road during the winter of 2011 and 2012 when about 10 moose were hit and killed by vehicles. In the summer of 2012, the foundation bought two electronic message signs and two radar speed limit signs in an effort to reduce the number of moose deaths on Highway 390. Collisions have declined, but continue on the southern section of the road. The new ones will target that region.