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Arch Hoagland

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Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« on: September 27, 2017, 12:39:56 PM »
Haven't had that happen yet, sounds nice. We go through Wells every two years, might stop there next trip.

On another note...Between Wells and  Wendover did you see the two giant stone overpasses they have built across I80? Still working on the western one in July.

If you noticed it is just wilderness on both sides of the bridges and I couldn't figure out what the heck they are for as there is absolutely nothing near them.

I ask at the KOA in Wendover and the guy told me they were animal crossings.
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2017, 12:52:38 PM »
Yep, animal crossing overpasses and underpasses are becoming more common on US highways. Parts of Europe have had them for years, and Christmas Island even has some that are designed specifically for the turtle migrations to the sea.
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2017, 01:36:36 PM »
We saw them under construction on our way east 4 months ago, and again on our return this week. Wondered what they were for. Animal crossings makes sense, provided the animals know they have to walk up on the overpasses.
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2017, 02:14:11 PM »
Yep, definitely animal crossings. Modern living has cut off a bunch of ancient migration routes which confuse many animals who can't figure out how to climb fences and move across many lanes of freeway. National Geographic has done some articles on them. I say bravo. ;D
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2017, 02:52:18 PM »
canada has had them for years ,they seem to work great.

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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2017, 03:31:00 PM »
sounds like great places for predators to set up their night ambush sites.....
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2017, 03:37:14 PM »
sounds like great places for predators to set up their night ambush sites.....
Very few predators strike at night. Owls do but not much else. Most animals are sleeping at night.
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2017, 03:38:10 PM »
Amazing! The animals learn how to read the "Animal Crossing" signs. So I guess in Canada they are in both French and English.  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2017, 04:06:27 PM »
And the signs are in Braille for the moles. ;D
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2017, 04:31:10 PM »
   The Wyoming Game&Fish and highway depart put several between Kemmerer and Sage Junction about 15 or so years ago. This was a major winter migration route for Mule Deer. Approximately 700 deer were killed annually in this 25 mile stretch of road.
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2017, 04:50:47 PM »
canada has had them for years ,they seem to work great.

DW and I went to one of those "Fireside Talk with The Ranger's".. They talked about these over/under crossings. They said after a few years, and breeding cycles, and building them in Known migration paths, most ALL the various indigenous animals have seemed to have shown their young "The Way" to get from Here to There, using the crossings. Road Kills and Vehicle damages have dropped to almost None.. in a lot of areas.

We say.. BRAVO ZULU to the concept !!
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2017, 04:57:46 PM »
There are several of these bridges-to-nowhere along US 93, south of Lake Mead on the Arizona side of the Colorado River.  If you drive along that road, notice the higher fences that guide the animals onto the bridges.  The goal is to reduce roadkill, especially of the bighorn sheep. 

In addition, they build tunnels under the roadways for black bears and panthers in Florida.  You will notice some very high fencing along certain roads--about 10-12' high.  Then occasionally, where a stream goes under the road, there will be a wider tunnel that has a cement or dirt pathway along the stream, with the fencing guiding them to the tunnel.  There are several of these areas near Immokalee along 29, especially as you get close to I-75.  And look along I-75 as well.  http://mentalfloss.com/article/58249/how-highway-underpasses-are-saving-panthers-florida

These bridges and tunnels protect the animals and also the vehicles traveling on the highways.
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2017, 05:09:37 PM »
We used to hear about Cougars here in southern California were being killed on the freeways almost every night...then they started building these animal crossings and that appears to have helped.


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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2017, 05:13:41 PM »
The animals learn to use them because animals are not as dumb as most dumb humans think they are.
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2017, 02:34:52 AM »
If you have never seen a Florida Panther, take a look at this video of an encounter on a boardwalk at the Audabon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.  Make sure you have your volume on.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O16kGZ-Gm74
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2017, 06:47:44 AM »
While I have never seen the overpasses, the tunnels have been around for many years mostly for cattle whose pastures were intersected by Interstate highways but, unfortunately, those pasture fences did not guide a lot of wild animals to the tunnels so the roads are still littered with their carcasses.  I would like to see a lot more attention to whatever it takes to help our wild animals avoid vehicle encounters in their habitat.

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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #16 on: September 28, 2017, 12:21:23 PM »
I think the overpass works better for wild animals than the tunnels because the overpass is open to the air and wider so the deer and smaller critters don't fear being bushwacked.

Cattle can be herded into a tunnel.
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #17 on: September 28, 2017, 02:28:23 PM »
     Tony,   You're reasoning is very sound and logical, but, we have tunnels and they seem to be working very well.
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #18 on: September 28, 2017, 09:24:17 PM »
Hello all,

I passed through Wendover, Ut Aug. 23rd and Sept. 7th and saw the construction as well. So that makes three of us, anyone else??
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2017, 10:33:50 PM »
Deer can actually read signs:

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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #21 on: September 29, 2017, 08:51:09 AM »
     Tony,   You're reasoning is very sound and logical, but, we have tunnels and they seem to be working very well.

I suspect the choice is a matter of the terrain in the area as well as the types of native wildlife it's intended for. As an add-on though, the overpasses are may be less disruptive to traffic, and possibly less costly as well.
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #22 on: September 29, 2017, 05:17:48 PM »
 in the desert S/W,   if you dig a tunnel for any reason,  you are likely building a future snakes den.
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #23 on: September 29, 2017, 05:24:44 PM »
I think the overpass works better for wild animals than the tunnels because the overpass is open to the air and wider so the deer and smaller critters don't fear being bushwacked.

Cattle can be herded into a tunnel.

There are some requirements for animals that we humans do not (All) need

For example you know why covered bridges were covered?  Most folks think to protect from the weather but the fact is horses feared the open bridges.

So an animal overpass needs to be WIDE enough for the animals to not fear it.. and it helps if it's grassy.

Or a tunnel, but again some animals don't care for tunnels.

Strange

In Michigan we have some special overpasses for selected religious types.. You see they WALK to Service on the Holy Day and regular bridges (With cars) a tad dangerous so a wide  over pass. about 4x the normal 2 lane (or wider) was built and a park planted atop it.   Nice.

They are on I-696 east of Southfield MI.
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Re: Weird overpasses on I-80 near Wendover, UT
« Reply #24 on: September 30, 2017, 05:44:53 PM »
In Banff they found Grizzles, moose, deer, and elk like the overpasses while black bear and cougars like the tunnels.

One of the trail cameras caught a picture of the Ranger hiding behind a boulder went a grizzly walked by  ;D
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