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Bow Valley Gap Overpass

Bow Valley Gap Overpass
One of the innovative, cost-effective wildlife crossing designs by ARC Solutions. Photo: ARC Solutions
Y2Y proposes a solution for a major barrier to Bow Valley wildlife along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Solution for a major barrier to wildlife

The Bow Valley is one of the most important regional wildlife corridors in Alberta — and the broader Y2Y region. Deer, elk, bighorn sheep, moose, cougars, lynx, wolves, black and grizzly bears use the high quality habitat along the Bow River valley bottom to move between the protected areas of Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country.

It’s also a busy corridor for humans. Each day an average of 22,000 vehicles travel the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) through the Bow Valley, leading to a high rate of wildlife-vehicle collisions.

In addition to death and injury for wildlife, these collisions also result in injury and death to motorists and high monetary costs to society. On the 39-kilometer stretch of the TCH between Banff National Park and Highway 40, more than 60 collisions with deer, moose, sheep and elk per year add up to an annual cost of nearly $750,000.

But it isn’t only ungulates who are hit; collisions with grizzlies, black bears, coyotes, and wolves also happen.

On top of that, each year province-wide, six people are killed in wildlife-vehicle collisions and more than 300 people are injured. Highways also create a major barrier to the wide-ranging movements that connect individual animals with diverse habitats and mates.

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Now is the time to urge the Government of Alberta to create safer roads for wildlife and people by investing in the first wildlife overpass outside a national park in Alberta. Please send a letter to decison-makers about this today.

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How we will accomplish this

We are advocating for a highway crossing structure with the Alberta Government. There is an opportunity for a long-term plan for highway-wildlife mitigation in the Bow Valley east of Banff National Park at Bow Valley Gap. This spot, about 5 km east of Lac Des Arcs and 15 km from Canmore, is an ideal location to construct an innovative, cost-effective, and efficiently-built “hyper-vault” highway overpass.

What Y2Y is doing

Hilary Young“We know that these crossings work. Research shows mitigation infrastructure in Banff National Park has reduced the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions by as much as 95 percent. At a project cost of about $7-million, a highway overpass with associated fencing can bring a monetary return on investment in less than 10 years, to say nothing of the saved lives of people and wildlife.”

— Hilary Young, senior Alberta program manager

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Take action to get an overpass built east of Canmore. Let decision makers know you want to see this overpass built.

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Latest news:

Elk deaths renew call for wildlife fencing through mountain town near Banff park

— Posted on May 06, 2019 08:41 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Elk deaths renew call for wildlife fencing through mountain town near Banff park

Y2Y renews calls for wildlife fencing along the Trans-Canada Highway through a small Alberta mountain town after seven elk were killed on the weekend in a collision with a transport truck. | Canadian Press, Apr. 29, 2019

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Protecting wildlife on Alberta's TransCanada Highway

— Posted on May 06, 2019 08:36 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Protecting wildlife on Alberta's TransCanada Highway

Y2Y comments on a project that aims to keep wildlife and people safer on Alberta's Highway 1. | Alberta Primetime, CTV News, May 3, 2019

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Measures sought to help protect wildlife crossing Highway 1 outside Banff

— Posted on May 06, 2019 08:14 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Measures sought to help protect wildlife crossing Highway 1 outside Banff

Concerned residents and conservationists are seeking changes to some of the wilderness areas outside Banff National Park to help keep drivers and animals safe on the Trans-Canada Highway. | CTV Calgary News, May 1, 2019

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Environmental group wants to reduce speed limit along highway

— Posted on Mar 21, 2019 07:53 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Environmental group wants to reduce speed limit along highway

Y2Y suggests interim changes to speed limits on a section of the Trans-Canada Highway near Banff National Park following a number of wildlife-vehicle collisions there. | Rocky Mountain Outlook, Mar. 21, 2019

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Advocates keep pressure on for $7M wildlife overpass on Highway 1

— Posted on Sep 24, 2018 08:50 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Advocates keep pressure on for $7M wildlife overpass on Highway 1

Proponents say too many animals die each year overpass doesn't get built. | CBC Calgary, Sept. 23, 2018

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