Research Papers

Road design or near-road features which increase the probability of wildlife collisions: the analysis of observations made during the 2009 Saskatchewan black spot screening project

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Date added June 7, 2009
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Category 2009–CMRSC-XIX–Saskatoon
Tags Session 7B, Student Paper Award Winner
Author/Auteur Elena Zabolotny
Award/Prix Étudiant 3 Student

Abstract

In Saskatchewan, wildlife collisions have long been considered to be independent of road design features, their distribution being fairly even without road variances over long road stretches. However, the study of wildlife collision clusters performed as part of the 2009 Saskatchewan Black Spot Screening Project, conducted by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure (MHI), has found that certain road design or roadside features, such as bridges, large culverts, picnic and scale sites and deep cross-sectional ditches, are points of increased wildlife collision risk. Targeting these locations for safety improvements may potentially result in a reduction of safety treatment costs for wildlife collisions as treatments would need to be applied only on relatively short road segments.

Elena Zabolotny