UDOT Begins Construction on New Wildlife Fencing in Parleys Canyon
Oct 07, 2016 08:51AM
● By Bryan Scott
Construction crews installing a new 66″ concrete pipe along I-80 in Parleys Canyon.
JEREMY RANCH (Oct. 6, 2016) —The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will start building one mile of wildlife fencing on westbound I-80 near Jeremy Ranch on Friday. The new wildlife fencing is the first phase in a long-term plan to reduce wildlife and vehicle collisions in Parleys Canyon.
UDOT partnered with Save People Save Wildlife to expedite the process to raise funding and install the fence before winter.
“This demonstrates the power of a public-private partnership where groups come together to make the community better,” UDOT Region Two Director Bryan Adams said. “We want to thank Save People Save Wildlife for playing a tremendous role in making this happen.”
This one-mile stretch of fencing is funded by $50,000 in UDOT contingency funds combined with a $50,000 donation from Save People Save Wildlife.
UDOT recently completed a study with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to determine solutions to ensure that wildlife collisions are reduced not only now, but long into the future.
The department is now designing the long-term solution, which includes building a new wildlife crossing and installing enough wildlife fencing to stretch three miles in both directions on I-80 from Jeremy Ranch to Parleys Summit. These projects are scheduled to start after funding becomes available in fall 2017.
UDOT requested and the Utah Transportation Commission approved $5 million to reduce wildlife and vehicle collisions in Parleys Canyon.