Animals as well as people are constantly at risk when crossing a highway. According to studies, around 200 persons each year are thought to pass away as a result of incidents involving animals and automobiles in the United States alone.
Because both humans and animals suffer in these kinds of tragedies, campaigners and animal lovers have worked to find ways to protect wildlife.
The building of raised bridges has shown to be the most effective solution out of all the solutions that were offered. Your main objective is to assist the animals in across the perilous paths.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources submitted the proposal in December 2018.
The bridge was constructed across the congested six-lane Interstate 80 roadway with the primary purpose of reducing accidents and protecting animals.
Then and only then would it be feasible to safeguard the local furry inhabitants. The flyover was therefore made available to wildlife alone.
It is not a typical bridge; instead, it is covered in rocks, tree trunks, leaves, and other natural materials to make it easier for the animals to get to their destination. To direct the small animals to the bridge, 4 kilometers of fence had to be built.
The young creatures are utilizing the bridge two years after it was built, which is astonishing because it was thought it would take a long time for them to begin using it. They appear to be really appreciative of such a lovely gesture.
The Utah Department of Transportation and Utah State University use concealed cameras to record the rodents’ traffic, and the results are adorable and unexpected. The group noted the following in a report on the networks:
Is effective! As you can see, the overpass has been effective in allowing wildlife to cross busy Interstate 80 safely and in making driving considerably safer for motorists.
In the film, several furry animals, including moose, deer, bears, porcupines, bobcats, squirrels, and more, can be seen utilizing and enjoying the bridge.
John Gleason, a spokesperson for transportation, said:
“As far as we can determine, the accident rate has significantly decreased. It appears as though the investment in security is paying off, at least at first. This is fantastic because we thought it would take the animals a while to get used to using it.