To reduce wildlife accidents on the busy freeway, Utah officials were creative: they built a bridge. A new video shows that the plan was a success.
The Utah Wildlife Resources division built the bridge over State 80 in 2018 to reduce traffic accidents caused by migratory animals in Parleys Canyon. Last week, the agency released a video of the bridge in use, helping moose, pork, deer and even bears on a busy country road.
“It works!” officials posted on Facebook. “Thanks to the Utah Department of Transportation and Utah State University for monitoring the Parley Canyon Wild Overpass this year. As you can see, the overpass for the second year successfully helped wildlife migrate safely along the busy 80th Interstate Line and helped motorists. safer too. Please keep this overpass away. Thank you! “
Video: View the Utah Highway Overpass (CNN)
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The overpass is full of rocks, boulders and logs, which is a welcome alternative to wildlife for the six lanes of I-80 traffic.
Wildlife usually needs time to adapt, and government officials didn’t think it would be such a success so soon. Last year, John Gleason, a spokesman for the Utah Department of Transportation, told CNN’s affiliate, KSL, that it could take years for wildlife to start using the bridge.
“We are seeing results and it is an unexpected success to see the results so early,” he said in 2019.
CNN contacted UDOT for further comments but did not receive an immediate response.