A new high-tech wildlife detection system will be piloted in the East Kootenay.

A new high-tech wildlife detection system will be piloted in the East Kootenay.

Wildlife detection systems planned for Highway 3

Two wildlife detection systems will be installed this summer on Highway 3 between Cranbrook and Sparwood

  • Mar. 18, 2015 6:00 p.m.

As part of the Government of B.C.’s “B.C. on the Move” program — a  new 10-year transportation plan — a new high-tech wildlife detection system will be piloted in the East Kootenay.

The pilot project is part of government’s ongoing investment of  $75 million over the next three years in a new Road Safety Improvement Program.

This project falls under Improving Highway Safety, one of 12 key priorities under “B.C. on the Move” program.

New high-tech wildlife detection systems will be piloted in different parts of the province in order to find an effective technology solution that can reduce the number of wildlife incidents by better warning motorists about the potential for collisions.

“Two wildlife detection systems will be installed this summer on Highway 3 between Cranbrook and Sparwood, in the highest wildlife collision areas on the corridor” said Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett. “The success of this new technology will be monitored to determine future locations to expand these systems in the East Kootenay to further ensure driver safety.”

B.C. on the Move also continues the expansion of Highway 3 passing lanes east of Cranbrook to the Alberta border.

Highway 3 between Cranbrook and the Alberta border will see further re-surfacing projects this season – 12 kilometres between Elko and the Elko tunnel.

B.C. on the Move is government’s new 10-year plan for the improvement of the province’s transportation network. It provides a comprehensive roadmap for transportation investments and strategic policy actions over the next decade. The actions prioritized in B.C. on the Move will enhance safety, grow the economy, maintain and replace aging infrastructure, and support trade for B.C.’s expanding resource sectors through Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway.

Over the next three years, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest about $2.5 billion to improve British Columbia’s transportation network.

B.C. on the Move was developed incorporating feedback received from a wide-ranging public engagement, during which more than 12,500 survey responses were received from British Columbians across the province, and the BC on the Move website was visited more than 44,000 times.

B.C. on the Move is available online at http://engage.gov.bc.ca/transportationplan/