Evaluating the Usage of Culverts and Bridges by Wildlife in Arkansas

Wildlife crossing Arkansas highways causes a large number of crashes each year. These crashes are caused by motorist swerving to avoid hitting wildlife and by collisions between vehicles and wildlife. The average cost per insurance claim on a vehicle involved in a collision with an animal is ($3,171.00). Additional cost to Arkansas taxpayers occurs from local law enforcement being called to these crashes and maintenance crews having to remove animal carcasses from the roadway. With slight modification to the inside of culverts and the underneath of bridges it may be possible to better accommodate local wildlife, thereby reducing the amount of wildlife on Arkansas highways and in turn reducing the crash rates on Arkansas highways.

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    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $140000
    • Contract Numbers:

      TRC1605

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

      Planning and Research Division, P.O. Box 2261
      Little Rock, AR  United States  72203
    • Project Managers:

      Greenwood, Mark

    • Performing Organizations:

      Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

      Environmental Division, P.O. Box 2261
      Little Rock, AR  United States  72203
    • Principal Investigators:

      Seagraves, Josh

    • Start Date: 20160701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01580539
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
    • Contract Numbers: TRC1605
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Nov 16 2015 3:42PM