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Animal Vehicle Crash Mitigation Using Advanced Technology Pooled Fund, Phase II

Started: January, 2006 Ended: October, 2008 Project ID #4W0982 Status: Completed

Objective

To adapt and evaluate the animal detection system currently in place along US 191 in Yellowstone National Park, Montana.

Abstract

With the advent of Intelligent Transportation Systems and an increased focus on technological solutions The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) 14 other departments of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, in cooperation with the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) have examined the current state of knowledge on the reliability and effectiveness of animal detection systems. Phase I of this project also resulted in the development and installation of a prototype animal detection system along US 191 in Yellowstone National Park, Montana. This prototype was found to reliably detect large animals that approach the road. In phase II of this project the blind spots of the system will be addressed and certain components of the system will be repaired or replaced. Once these modifications and repairs have been completed, the effectiveness of the system in reducing vehicle speed and reducing animal-vehicle collisions will be evaluated.

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Sponsors & Partners

  • Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Sponsor
  • California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) Partner
  • Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Partner
  • Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Partner
  • Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) Partner
  • Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) Partner
  • New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) Partner
  • New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Partner
  • North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Partner
  • Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) Partner
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (Penn DOT) Partner

Related Information

Part of: Road Ecology

Project Tagged In: animal-vehicle collisions, road ecology, wildlife crossings, animal detection systems, reliability

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