Improving Connectivity: Innovative Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Structures for Wildlife, Bicyclists, and/or Pedestrians

Our design team traveled to northern California to assess a 12-mile section of US-97 for wildlife crossing infrastructure. A multi-agency evaluation was completed that included Caltrans, Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors, the United States Forest Service’s Klamath National Forest, California Deer Association, California Highway Patrol, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Fruit Growers Supply Company, and other private landowners. Together we evaluated and prioritized potential wildlife crossing locations. Life cycle assessments were completed for preliminary designs using FRP, concrete, and steel, and wood materials for the crossing and supporting infrastructure to assess the benefits of sustainable FRP materials.