I-80 wildlife crossing

Wildlife Bridge

For a handful of years, the Utah Department of Transportation worked with the grassroots Summit County non-profit organization Save People Save Wildlife to install a bridge across I-80 at the top of Parley's Canyon.

Carolyn Murray

A recently completed wildlife crash study shows Summit and Wasatch Counties represent half of the top 10 hot spots in the state.

In August of 2018, the Utah Department of Transportation contracted with independent researcher Dr. Patricia Cramer who is a wildlife ecologist with expertise in transportation ecology. The scope of the study was to evaluate areas of conflict between wildlife and roadways. Her data shows the following areas are the top 5 most frequent conflicts with wildlife:

-US-40 north of Heber

-US 189 near Deer Creek State Park

Renai Bodley Miller / KPCW

The speed limit along a two mile stretch of Sr 224 has dropped from 55 MPH to 45 MPH. The new sign went in Tuesday. KPCW has reached out to multiple agencies to find some details about the change and what it means for enforcement efforts.

Wildlife Bridge Already In Use

Jan 4, 2019
Carolyn Murray KPCW

The Interstate-80 Wildlife Bridge opened last month traversing the north and south sides of the freeway near the top of Parley’s Canyon. The organization pushing the project and convincing UDOT to fund a safe migratory option for animals is called Save People-Save Wildlife. Their work isn’t done. Carolyn Murray has this report: