Testing New Technology Solutions to Restrict Wildlife Access to Highways

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is examining options to create effective and economical in-road wildlife deterrents to prevent mule deer and other wildlife access to Utah roads. This would help reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions, which are estimated to occur with mule deer at minimum 20,000 times each year in Utah. In areas with wildlife fencing, animals can still enter the road right-of-way in places with single cattle guards along the fence, and at the end of the wildlife fences. This proposed research is to examine how effective electric pavement is in deterring wildlife from entering the road at the following: existing single cattle guards with electric pavement placed in front, at existing electric mats with an added bed of electric pavement, and electric pavement at an at-grade area where wildlife cross the road at the end of wildlife fencing. If these electric pavement applications are cost-effective, they could be used by UDOT and other departments of transportation across many areas.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Proposed
    • Funding: $35000
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Utah Department of Transportation

      4501 South 2700 West
      Project Development
      Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84114-8380
    • Managing Organizations:

      Utah Department of Transportation

      4501 South 2700 West
      Project Development
      Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84114-8380
    • Project Managers:

      Richins, Jason

    • Principal Investigators:

      Cramer, Patricia

    • Start Date: 20160314
    • Expected Completion Date: 20170331
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01593501
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Utah Department of Transportation
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Mar 11 2016 5:45PM