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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.

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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.

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, interim senior Alberta program manager

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Now is the time to urge the Government of Alberta to invest in green infrastructure. Please send a letter to Premier Rachel Notley, Finance Minister Joe Ceci, Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, Infrastructure Minister Sandra Jansen, and Banff-Canmore MLA Cam Westhead today.

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Latest news:

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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Calls for additional wildlife crossings east of Canmore to curb fatal crashes

— Posted on Sep 06, 2018 09:37 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Calls for additional wildlife crossings east of Canmore to curb fatal crashes

Advocates are calling for wildlife overpasses along the Trans-Canada Highway east of the Banff Park gates. | CTV Calgary, Sept. 4, 2018

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Wildlife overpass design to go ahead

— Posted on Apr 09, 2018 11:45 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Wildlife overpass design to go ahead

The province has dollars to hire a consultant to do the design and cost benefit analysis of a crossing between Highway 1X and Lac Des Arcs. | Rocky Mountain Outlook, Apr. 5, 2018

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Planning study in the works for Lac Des Arcs overpass, MLA says

— Posted on Apr 09, 2018 11:42 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Planning study in the works for Lac Des Arcs overpass, MLA says

Banff-Cochrane MLA Cam Westhead said the province has commissioned a planning study to investigate the possibility of an overpass east of Canmore. | Crag and Canyon, Apr. 4, 2018

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Conservationists push for new wildlife overpass

— Posted on Mar 15, 2018 04:11 PM in: Y2Y in the News
Conservationists push for new wildlife overpass

Y2Y says now is the time to urge the Alberta government to invest in green infrastructure in the 2018 provincial budget. | Rocky Mountain Outlook, Mar. 15, 2018

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