To prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions, US DOT launches $350M pilot program

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With about 200 people killed each year in wildlife-vehicle collisions, the Federal Highway Administration has launched the $350 million Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program to reduce the hazard, it said in a press release Tuesday.

The five years of dedicated funding includes $111 million this year for state and local governments to research safety innovations and mapping and tracking tools as well as design and construct overpasses and underpasses for wildlife, among other activities. Applications for 2023 are due Aug. 1.

“There are proven practices to prevent crashes between vehicles and wildlife, and with this investment, we’re going to take commonsense steps to reduce collisions and make roads safer for rural and urban communities alike,” Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt said in a statement.

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