UDOT to Install New Radar-Equipped Wildlife Crossing Signs to Reduce Deer Collisions

UDOT to Install New Radar-Equipped Wildlife Crossing Signs to Reduce Deer Collisions 

Radar will detect deer in the area and activate warning lights so drivers can use extra caution

WHAT:
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is installing new radar-equipped wildlife crossing signs along S.R. 73 in Eagle Mountain to make the highway safer for both drivers and animals. These signs are being placed in a one-mile section of the highway that has seen nearly 100 deer-related collisions in the past four years.

This is the first time UDOT has used radar-equipped signs to reduce wildlife collisions. The signs are equipped with LEDs that flash when deer are detected in the area.

Leslie Beck, UDOT’s Saratoga Springs maintenance station supervisor, saw radar-equipped signs for other applications at UDOT’s annual conference and thought that wildlife detection would be a good use for this technology. The manufacturer worked with UDOT to develop this new type of sign, which will be tested in this location and potentially installed in other areas.

WHEN:
Tuesday, May 14, at 10 a.m.

WHERE:
S.R. 73 milepost 31 (just east of Six Mile Cutoff Road) in Eagle Mountain

WHO:
Leslie Beck, UDOT maintenance station supervisor

VISUALS:
·   Crews installing new wildlife crossing signs

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Media Contact:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
jgleason@utah.gov
Cell: 801-560-7740

One thought on “UDOT to Install New Radar-Equipped Wildlife Crossing Signs to Reduce Deer Collisions”

  1. Adam Olkin

    Two friends of mine hit a dear in this sector. This is something you cannot control even if you are very careful on the road. Those kind of radars are a good initiative for our country. Another good option would be to be able to know precisely where do the collisions happen BEFORE to take the road. This could be pointed on a website map with the possibility to visualize a 360 photo view (like google street view). That way, Utah might be able to prevent some of those road accidents.

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