Efficacy and Cost-Savings of Fencing and Wildlife Crossings to Reduce Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions in the Bow River Valley, Alberta
Started: May, 2020 End Date: April, 2021 Project ID #4W8372 Status: Ongoing
This work will help determine whether highway mitigation efforts have reduced the occurrence of WVCs and quantify the cost-benefits of of the measures in place. As part of a related research project, WTI researchers have compiled counts of WVCs for each of six years prior to mitigation and six years following mitigation. This project will allow additional analysis of the data and evaluate changes in the number of WVCs after each mitigation phase was completed. The research team will also assess the cost-effectiveness of the mitigation measures using the Huijser (2009) economic model, comparing the annual cost of the mitigation infrastructure against the cost of WVCs occurring prior to and after mitigation treatment.
The results from the mitigation evaluation and cost-benefit model can be a valuable decision support tool for agencies considering and selecting mitigation measures to reduce WVCs. The results may also help demonstrate the utility and cost-effectiveness of highway mitigation in protected landscapes.
This project is sponsored by a WVC Reduction and Habitat Connectivity Pooled Fund led by the Nevada Department of Transportation.
Tony Clevenger - PI
Sponsors & Partners
- Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) Sponsor