Deer overpass near Wendover nears completion

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:26 PM

The Associated Press

WENDOVER — Construction crews are close to finishing a land bridge in northeastern Nevada that’ll give deer a safe path across Interstate 80.

The project started in 2012 and involves 200-foot-long tunnels through a mountain that doesn’t exist. KSL-TV reports contractors with the Nevada Department of Transportation will cover the tunnels with tons of dirt in the next few weeks.

Transportation officials say the bridge should be complete by mid-October.

The area is a popular crossing for mule deer during the fall. Authorities hope the bridge will help prevent car accidents involving the animals.

Michael Murphy of NDOT says each crash causes an average of $3,000.

Other states are building road bypasses for deer, but officials say studies show deer prefer the more expensive overpasses instead of the more common underpasses.

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