Wildlife – Vehicle Collisions

In addition to conservation concerns, wildlife-vehicle collisions have a significant cost for human populations because collisions damage property and injure and kill passengers and drivers.

Green Mat Crossing across roadThe conservation issues associated with roads (wildlife mortality and habitat fragmentation) coupled with the substantial human and economic costs resulting from wildlife-vehicle collisions have caused scientists, engineers, and transportation authorities to consider a number of mitigation tools for reducing the conflict between roads and wildlife. Of the currently available options, structures known as wildlife crossings have been the most successful at reducing both habitat fragmentation and wildlife-vehicle collisions caused by roads.dP Log fauna crossing

Wildlife crossings are structural passages beneath or above roadways that are designed to facilitate safe wildlife movement across roadways.  In recent years, conservation biologists and wildlife managers have advocated wildlife crossings coupled with roadside fencing as a way to increase road permeability and habitat connectivity while decreasing wildlife-vehicle collisions.  Wildlife crossing is the umbrella term encompassing underpasses, overpasses, eco ducts, green bridges, amphibian/small mammal tunnels and wildlife viaducts.koala crossing underneath road

All of these structures are designed to provide semi-natural corridors above and below roads  so that animals can safely cross without  endangering themselves and motorists.