Wildlife crossings stop roadkill. Why aren’t there more?

A better way for animals to cross the road.

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Sources:
Highway Wilding: http://www.highwaywilding.org/
ARC Solutions: https://arc-solutions.org/
Wildlife-Vehicle Collision Reduction Study: Report To Congress: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/safety/08034/exec.cfm#sec01
Western Transportation Institute Road Ecology Program: https://westerntransportationinstitute.org/programs/road-ecology/
“How Effective Is Road Mitigation at Reducing Road-Kill? A Meta-Analysis” T. Rytwinski et. al: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27870889

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Wyoming Department of Transportation: https://youtu.be/slE0wem1z6g

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Roadkill harms animals, endangers drivers, and costs billions of dollars every year. In Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, wildlife scientist Tony Clevenger and other researchers have proven that constructing overpasses and underpasses for animals decreases roadkill and improves ecological connectivity. Many animals, including deer, elk, grizzlies, moose, lynx, cougars and others, have been recorded using the structures. Although animal crossing structures have been fairly common in Europe for a few decades, there are relatively few in North America. In The United States, the crossing structures that have been built, in places like Washington State and Wyoming, were partly inspired by the research Clevenger conducted in Banff. To create even more of them, Clevenger worked with a team of experts, including ecologist Nina-Marie Lister, to organize a design competition. The competition, named ARC solutions, was held in order to generate more cost-effective crossing designs that are also sustainable and environmentally friendly. The competition generated many new models for animal crossings and Clevenger and Lister hope that highway planners will adjust their approach to structure design based on them.

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37 Comments

  1. Maybe I'm crazy ignorant of what is involved in building things like this, but how the hell does a crossing end up costing several million dollars? o.o It's bricks and grass. Surely you can get a few people together with some rented construction equipment and build it in a couple weeks.

  2. Even Saudi Arabia got hundreds of animal crossings for camels, before they were introduced camel accidents would cause thousands of accidents and thousands of lives were ended…
    but noways they are close to none thanks to animal crossings

  3. Many of us animal and wildlife lovers are seriously concerned about wild life safety when traveling long distance on open roads. This is an ingenious idea and concept that not only protects wildlife crossing's on country roads and vehicular collisions especially where heavy traffic is frequent, but also encourages and supports the wildlife populations natural healthy migrations and sustainable wildlife growth. Simply genius.

  4. In the Nethrelands here, we have crossings, they cost alot, and literally 0 animals use them, after research was done it was found out they don't work….. so this entire video just tells us we should waste money, no thank you.

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