The 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. 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 address ecological and cultural concerns with this expansion of this 56-mile long road section, the following measures were built to improve motorist safety by reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions and to maintain wildlife habitat connectivity and population viability by providing safe crossing opportunities for wildlife:
- 41 fish and wildlife crossing structures
- 18 miles of fencing
- 60 jump-outs
- Numerous wildlife crossing guards
Monitoring efforts have found these structures are frequently used, with documentation of over 53,600 wildlife uses from 2010-2012 by over 30 species!<
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.