ITD uses fed cash for Idaho 21 wildlife underpass



BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ The Department of Transportation will use
federal stimulus money to build a $756,000 wildlife underpass
bridge on State Highway 21 east of Boise this summer.

The agency says the project will save some of the up to 100 mule
deer and 10 elk that collide annually with vehicles driving the
route between Idaho's capital and cities and towns in the state's
central mountains.

ITD biologist Scott Rudel says there are too many
vehicle-wildlife collisions on this stretch, as the big animals
migrate between summer range in the Sawtooth and Boise Mountains
and their winter range on the Boise Front's west slope.

The Boise River Wildlife Linkage Partnership is helping support
the project.

Construction of the wildlife underpass will begin the first week
of July and will be completed in early fall.

Traffic will be rerouted around the construction area.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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