The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has installed new radar-equipped wildlife crossing signs along S.R. 73 (Wride Hwy) to make the highway safer for both drivers and animals. These signs are being placed in a one-mile section of the highway that has seen nearly 100 deer-related collisions in the past four years.
This is the first time UDOT has used radar-equipped signs to reduce wildlife collisions. The signs are equipped with LEDs that flash when deer are detected in the area.
Leslie Beck, UDOT’s Saratoga Springs maintenance station supervisor, saw radar-equipped signs for other applications at UDOT’s annual conference and thought that wildlife detection would be a good use for this technology. The manufacturer worked with UDOT to develop this new type of sign, which will be tested in this location and potentially installed in other areas.
Eagle Mountain City thanks our partners at UDOT for being proactive in looking for solutions to increase safety.