Oregon Field Guide featured the Lava Butte US 97 Wildlife Crossings. These unique structures provide deer, coyotes, black bears, and other wildlife with a safe passage across roads, and include guide fences to funnel animals to these safe zones. Providing an alternative to move between territories prevents wildlife from entering the roadway, endangering human and animal life. Since their installation, these crossings have substantially reduced the number of roadside carcasses, and ODOT estimates that the $1.5 million cost will be saved in 12 years of prevented collisions.
This is a an exciting project that we were proud to provide geotech for.