Wildlife crossing – do you want fries with that?

the NYT reports on the winner of a design competition for a wildlife overpass on i-70 near Vail CO. The winning land bridge was designed by Van Valkenberg, HNTB, and my friends at Applied Ecological Services to be as ecologically appropriate from the materials to the construction practices.

Here are pdf downloads for all the entries:

Since there are no plans for Colorado DOT to actually construct the winning design, we are left with a supersized idea that is empty of calories.

“As you fragment the habitat, the long-term prognosis for wildlife is bad,” said Rob Ament, the project manager for the group sponsoring the competition, which bestows a $40,000 award and was initiated by the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University and the Woodcock Foundation in New York.