This Wildlife Highway Overpass In Utah Is A Huge Success, Judging By The Amount Of Animals Using It (28 PICS)

Posted in PICTURES       27 Nov 2020       2323       11 GALLERY VIEW

Cameras near and on the bridge caught a number of different critters crossing the I-80 highway during the day

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The four-legged traffic didn’t slow down at night, either!

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The overpass, which is 320 feet long and 50 feet wide (97.5 meters by 15.2 meters) is already in its second year and has been helping wildlife migrate over the very busy Interstate-80. There have been conflicting numbers about the length and width of the overpass shared online, so keep in mind that these ones were confirmed to us by the DWR.

From squirrels, deer, and (what look like really weird) moose to bobcats and even bears (!!!), the first wildlife overpass in Utah is getting a lot of four-legged traffic. The real-life fairytale was all captured by the cameras installed on the crossing itself. Not only is the overpass protecting animals, but it’s also keeping drivers safe who otherwise might get into collisions as wildlife tries to cross over the I-80.

Now, the project has captured not only the media’s attention, but it’s also gained a huge amount of attention on websites like Reddit and Imgur. Meanwhile, the original video got more than 1.6 million views in less than a week, at the time of writing.

Built in 2018, the project itself cost 5 million dollars, and we think it was well worth the investment. It’s hard enough to put a price on one animal’s life, let alone such a diverse ecosystem.

A study found that between 1992 and 2002, 61.15% of all collisions occurred on only 10 routes in Utah. This just goes to show that changes to infrastructure in strategic places can have huge positive effects.

 

People loved the project idea and were hankering for more crossings just like this one

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Tony 4 month s ago
clapping clapping clapping
       
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Dennison 4 month s ago
Meanwhile in Europe they have had these animal over passes for 30+ years.... 36
       
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Stal 4 month s ago
Dennison,
This. Now we wait for them to use the metric system, health care and public transport. They will be a real first world nation one day.
       
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Thirza 4 month s ago
#10
Bird
       
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salamoon 4 month s ago
put there some [email protected]#ckin grass, bushes and trees... sm_80
       
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Dee 4 month s ago
salamoon,
You must be from a city salamoon. The object is not to have them enjoy the trip, just make the trip so they survive.
       
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salamoon 4 month s ago
Dee,

im not asking it from the "enjoy" side of view, but from the "safe" side of view.
in europe or south asia they understand how importnant part of their "trip" it is to have a natural enviroment even on passways like this... its important for them to have a chance to hide for example... crossing in the article is super narrow, exposed, and looks like a moon surface.
this is how it supposed to be done right:

https://www.reddit.com/r/europe/comments/6ls2gk/bridge_for_the_animals_to_cross_
the_highway/

https://www.researchgate.net/figure/An-aerial-photograph-of-the-Eco-Link-BKE-Buk
it-Timah-Expressway-Photo-TW-Wong_fig2_333398537

but hey, better diss me than think about it for a second.
       
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Mort 4 month s ago
Much too narrow. Bears etc. will learn to wait for prey at its entrances.
       
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Mort 4 month s ago
And the reason one builds this is, AFAIK, NOT safe crossing - animals wont cross freeways. the reason is that all those freeways created closed-off parcels, where the gene-pool of various animals gets smaller, and due to in-breeding the population gets weaker and weaker and finally dies out. The bridges create larger gene groups.
       
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Dee 4 month s ago
Mort,

Sorry dude, I live 7 miles up the road near Park City, and trust me when I tell you prior to this bridge, we had constant "road kill" collisions with wildlife!!!
This is great for everyone involved!!
       
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Rick 4 month s ago
https://www.ad.nl/den-haag/eekhoornbrug-populair-onder-boommarters~af4441a9/

this squirrel-bridge cost $144k and was used by 3 squirrels. It starts to get used by
pine martens in the last years tho
       
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