New designs for wildlife crossings sought

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Posted: Dec 16, 2009 8:47 PM

An international competition is being launched to come up with new ideas for wildlife crossings over interstate highways, with the Colorado mountains as a focal point.

West Vail Pass along Interstate 70 has been chosen as the site for the competition initiated by the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University and the Woodcock Foundation in New York. The institute's Rob Ament says the hope is to come up with innovative ways to build wildlife crossings that are less expensive and better looking than the typical concrete bridge.

Conservation groups say a large variety of species cross the interstate at Vail Pass. Lynx, an endangered species, have been killed by vehicles in the area.