SEVERE WX : Flood Warning View Alerts

'It's working!': Utah officials thrilled to see animals using highway wildlife overpass

Footage released by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources shows moose, bears, deer and other wild animals traveling across the bridge sooner than expected.

Posted: Nov 28, 2020 1:11 PM
Updated: Nov 28, 2020 1:11 PM

In an effort to reduce accidents involving wildlife on a busy highway, Utah officials got creative: they built a bridge. New video shows the plan has been a success.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources built the bridge back in 2018 over Interstate 80 to reduce traffic accidents in Parleys Canyon caused by wandering animals. Last week, the agency released a video of the bridge in use -- aiding moose, porcupines, deer and even bears across the busy highway.

"It's working!" officials posted on Facebook. "Thanks to the Utah Department of Transportation and Utah State University for monitoring the Parley's Canyon wildlife overpass this year. As you can see, the 2nd year of this overpass has been successful at helping wildlife safely migrate over busy Interstate 80 and helping motorists be much safer as well. Please keep off of this overpass. Thanks!"

The overpass is filled with rocks, boulders and logs, giving wildlife a welcome alternative to the six lanes of traffic on I-80.

Wildlife typically needs time to adjust, and state officials didn't think there would be such success so soon. Last year, John Gleason, a Utah transportation department spokesman, told CNN affiliate KSL that it might take years for wildlife to start using the bridge.

"We're seeing results, and it's an unexpected success to see results this early," he said in 2019.

CNN reached out to UDOT for further comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

Lafayette
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 44°
Kokomo
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 21°
Feels Like: 33°
Rensselaer
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 32°
Lafayette
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 21°
Feels Like: 44°
Danville
Clear
41° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 36°
Frankfort
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 33°
Frankfort
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 33°
Monticello
Clear
38° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 34°
Monticello
Clear
38° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 34°
Logansport
Clear
34° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 30°
Nice, mild weather....more active by late next week.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 662213

Reported Deaths: 12595
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion907061645
Lake48425878
Allen35861636
Hamilton32099397
St. Joseph29996512
Elkhart25386415
Vanderburgh21247378
Tippecanoe20024201
Johnson16349360
Porter15975270
Hendricks15825300
Clark11965181
Madison11746318
Vigo11612229
Monroe10333161
Delaware9838179
LaPorte9772196
Howard9056197
Kosciusko8562110
Bartholomew7456147
Warrick7416151
Hancock7409131
Floyd7207169
Wayne6633191
Grant6427157
Morgan6092125
Boone609088
Dubois5910111
Dearborn547467
Cass544499
Marshall5425104
Henry542393
Noble509378
Jackson464767
Shelby460690
Lawrence4184112
Gibson401281
Harrison399864
Clinton395853
Montgomery387083
DeKalb385278
Knox357485
Miami357463
Whitley349436
Huntington344476
Steuben338355
Wabash331476
Putnam330559
Ripley327161
Adams323549
Jasper316143
White297352
Jefferson294973
Daviess285396
Fayette271956
Decatur270888
Greene261280
Posey260931
Wells258275
Scott250350
Clay241444
LaGrange240870
Randolph225576
Spencer217330
Jennings215244
Washington211227
Sullivan203439
Fountain201542
Starke188151
Owen182153
Fulton178237
Jay177828
Carroll176518
Perry173235
Orange171250
Rush164822
Vermillion160542
Franklin159435
Tipton146441
Parke139316
Pike127632
Blackford120627
Pulaski106444
Newton96531
Brown95039
Benton92013
Crawford90713
Martin80114
Warren75814
Switzerland7548
Union67110
Ohio53711
Unassigned0433

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events