Peoples Way Wildlife Crossings - Montana

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US Highway 93 North Wildlife Crossing Structures - Montana

Peoples Way Wildlife Crossings FacebookThe U.S. Highway 93 North (US 93 North) - 'The People’s Way’ - reconstruction project represents the most extensive wildlife-sensitive highway design effort in the United States to date. This project is within northwest Montana on the Flathead Indian Reservation, the homeland of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT).The People’s Way was the name of the travel route between the Bitterroot Valley and Flathead Lake, frequented by the Salish and Pend d'Oreille tribes (members of the CSKT) for generations. US 93 North now rests on that travel route, and the highway was recently expanded and reconstructed.

To mitigate the expansion of this 56-mile long road section on the ecological and cultural integrity of the Reservation, the Montana Department of Transportation built 41 fish and wildlife crossing structures, 16 miles of wildlife fencing, 39 jump-outs, and many wildlife crossing guards. These mitigation measures are aimed at improving safety for motorists through reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions and at maintaining wildlife habitat connectivity and population viability for a wide variety of species by providing safe crossing opportunities for wildlife.

This website is the 'go-to' source for information on the effectiveness of highway mitigation measures on US 93 North. It also provides information on the overall effects of highways on wildlife.

Enjoy the photos! All images courtesy of CSKT, MDT, and WTI-MSU. You are free to use them in presentations or publications, please display the citation on the photo if you do or cite as such.

 

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