Cameras near and on the bridge caught a number of different critters crossing the I-80 highway during the day
The four-legged traffic didn’t slow down at night, either!
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