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Preventing collisions with wildlife: State gets grant for wildlife crossing in Santa Barbara County

Nathan Dumalo


Culvert would be enhanced, fences added to get wildlife under Highway 101 in the Gaviota area.

The state has received a $8 million grant for a project to try to prevent vehicle-wildlife collisions on a section of Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County.

The proposed Gaviota Pass Wildlife Project would enhance a culvert under the 101 in the Gaviota State Park area, to give wildlife a safe way of crossing to the other side of the roadway.

It would also include the addition of 2.5 miles of fencing, to channel animals to the culvert.

The grant comes as the Federal Highway Administration has awarded $110 million for 19 wildlife crossing projects in 17 states. There are an estimated million vehicle-wildlife collisions a year, with around 200 human deaths and 26,000 injuries.

Meanwhile, work is continuing on a $100 million wildlife overcrossing in Agoura Hills, which will be the largest in the world. The unique project has received national attention. It was largely privately funded.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.