Largest wildlife overpass in the nation opens in San Antonio

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Animal overpasses provide wild animals viable paths to get from one side of the road to the other saving not only the lives of wildlife, but also protecting motorists. Just this past weekend, the crossing spanning the Wurzbach Parkway in San Antonio opened.

The Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge is a designed to accommodate both people and animals. Wildlife have already begun using it! Park Police see animals crossing at night after the construction quiets down. The San Antonio Parks Department will also be conducting a three year study to see what wildlife is crossing and how.
The 150-foot wide bridge, now open to the public has been under construction for the last two years. It connects two halves of the 330 acre park. The bridge costs $23,000,000 and it is hoped wildlife previously separated by the highway will start using it. Workers have already spotted wildlife cautiously investigating the area – native trees and foliage have yet to grow, but as time goes by, countless animal and human lives can be saved.
Similar land bridges are under construction in Houston and San Francisco but “as of now, it is believed the one in San Antonio to be the largest.” Last month the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources posted a viral video of the Parley’s Canyon Wildlife Overpass.
Video:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3416838815036581
It’s working! Thanks to the Utah Department of Transportation and Utah State University for monitoring the Parley’s Canyon wildlife overpass this year. As you can see, the 2nd year of this overpass has been successful at helping wildlife safely migrate over busy Interstate 80 and helping motorists be much safer as well. Please keep off of this overpass. Thanks!
(Photo via screenshot The Drive)

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