Evaluation of an Animal Warning System Effectiveness

The impact of this proposal addresses two transportation issues. First, the cost of wildlife collisions in terms of lost lives and material damage needs to be addressed. Second, the successful application of technology for solving this problem can potentially be transferred to other problems where an infrastructure based solution can be applied. This project aims at improving transportation safety by assessing the effectiveness of a wildlife warning system. In that sense, the first and most direct improvement will be in finding out if such a system is efficient for reducing crashes, which in turn will lead to a reduction of crashes state wide. A second and important outcome is the lesson learned through the evaluation of the system that could be transferred to the evaluation of other infrastructure based systems providing dynamic information to drivers. Dynamic information can be a way to improve communication with drivers about road hazard and has the potential of a much higher effectiveness than any current permanent system in catching drivers' attention. If this opportunity to address the evaluation of the system is not taken, the two main consequences are in the lack of a possible solution for reducing wildlife crashes and installing a system without knowing firsthand what the benefit of that system is relative to its cost. For example, a very expensive solution such as fencing could be used while a cheaper and more efficient alternative could be available.


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    • Status: Active
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      California Department of Transportation

      1227 O Street
      Sacramento, CA  USA  95843
    • Project Managers:

      Loebs, Nathan

    • Performing Organizations:

      Regents of the University of California, Berkeley

      Berkeley, CA  USA 
    • Principal Investigators:

      Chan, Chin-Yao

    • Start Date: 20100323
    • Actual Completion Date: 20120630
    • Source Data: RiP Project 27640

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01466078
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: California Department of Transportation
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:10PM