Thursday, November 30, 2023 – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program has awarded $604,318 to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). This grant will enable VDOT to develop a statewide plan to identify roads with the highest risk of large mammal (such as deer, bear, and elk) collisions in the state. A developed plan will include geographic models to better identify wildlife crossing sites and provide site-specific recommendations. Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement:
“This important funding will help the Virginia Department of Transportation create a plan to identify high-risk wildlife crossings and collision sites statewide. Identifying these potentially dangerous sites and developing improvement recommendations will help make roads safer for Virginians and animals alike.”
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