Strategies to Increase Driver Safety and Connect Habitat for Elk and Other Wildlife Along Corridor Q in Southwest Virginia

Construction is underway along a 14.2-mile section of highway in Buchanan County, designated as U.S. Route 460, or Corridor Q. A population of approximately 100 reintroduced elk inhabit the area along Corridor Q. The large size of elk and the abundance of high-quality habitat present challenges with regard to driver safety when the road opens to traffic. The purpose of this study is to determine the most effective means of reducing risk to driver safety and maintaining habitat connectivity along Corridor Q. The research team will develop and apply a criteria-based prioritization method to identify locations recommended for wildlife crossings and animal detection driver warning systems. The final report will include information on the specific sizes and features of wildlife crossings recommended for the prioritized locations and the recommended locations for animal detection systems. Because implementation of these measures will depend on funding availability, the study will also include determining funding options and relevant programmatic eligibilities.

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    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $41050
    • Contract Numbers:

      121408

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Virginia Transportation Research Council

      530 Edgemont Road
      Charlottesville, VA  United States  22903
    • Performing Organizations:

      Virginia Transportation Research Council

      530 Edgemont Road
      Charlottesville, VA  United States  22903
    • Principal Investigators:

      Donaldson, Bridget

    • Start Date: 20220428
    • Expected Completion Date: 20230228
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01846786
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Virginia Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 121408
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: May 25 2022 8:27AM