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August 20, 2014

Ore. eyes a wildlife overpass

  • Two underpasses near Sunriver are working so well that officials now are considering an overpass for wildlife.
  • By DYLAN J. DARLING
    The Bulletin

    SUNRIVER, Ore. — A pair of underpasses to move wildlife under U.S. Highway 97 near Sunriver has proved successful in lowering the number of wrecks involving animals. Now state highway officials are considering an overpass south of Crescent with the same goal.

    “Each area kind of takes its own kind of treatment,” said Peter Murphy, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation in Bend. Along with the underpasses, the project near Sunriver involved 4 miles of 8-foot-tall fencing on each side of the highway and six electrically charged mats intended to keep deer from walking on roads by passing through gaps in the fences.


     
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