UDOT to Build $5M Bridge for Wildlife Along I-80

📅   Mon July 03, 2017 - West Edition #14


A rendering shows the proposed wildlife bridge on Parleys Summit. 
(Utah Department of Transportation photo)
A rendering shows the proposed wildlife bridge on Parleys Summit. (Utah Department of Transportation photo)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Department of Transportation is planning to build a $5 million overpass for wildlife along one of the state's deadliest stretches of road for big game.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports department statistics show cars traveling on the 13-mi. stretch of Interstate 80 near Parleys Summit killed 122 mule deer, 13 moose, four elk and three mountain lions in the past two years.

Officials recently announced the $5 million project in front of residents in the area who have called for measures to reduce wildlife collisions.

In addition to the wildlife bridge, UDOT will install fencing on both sides of the freeway near the summit and add a lane for semitrailers along the road.

Construction is set to begin early next year.

For more information, visit http://www.sltrib.com.