I received a quick response from the Oregon Department of Transportation regarding the question I brought up in my last post. I asked why the department didn’t use cable barriers instead of concrete barriers on a stretch of I-84 near Mosier, since the concrete barriers are more deadly for wildlife, as well as cheaper to install.
While their answer is logical, it isn’t a happy one for wildlife which are often hit and killed as they attempt to cross the freeway to get to the Columbia River.
Here’s the response I received:
You are correct that concrete barrier is more expensive than cable barrier; however, when median barrier types are chosen ODOT engineers look at performance capability, deflection characteristics, compatibility, costs, maintenance, aesthetic, and environmental considerations. I-84 near Mosier has an average daily traffic of 20,760 with about 29% trucks. The combination of high truck percentages and the narrow median concrete barrier was chosen. Concrete barrier has a deflection of about 30-inches unanchored and near zero when anchored. Cable barrier has a deflection of about 6-9 feet for passenger cars. Our experience with trucks and cable barrier is that the trucks travel across all lanes of traffic before stopping.
Sadly, it appears that because so many commercial trucks use I-84, wildlife will continue to pay the price to reach the river with their lives.
No breaks for wildlife . . . or pets
Yesterday the Oregon’s Fish and Wildlife Commission rubber stamped the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s recommendation to reject the very moderate suggested changes to Oregon’s outdated and archaic trapping regulations. These changes would have put Oregon in step with the majority of other states regarding a more humane trap check time of 24 hours, and provided a modicum of safety for the public and pets by requiring warning signs and a minimum 100 foot no trap zone around hiking trails. More than a half dozen dogs have been caught in traps in Oregon this year alone. An initiative to ban traps is forthcoming. Voters now have to take matters into their own hands when decision makers continue to support the minority special interests of a thousand Oregon trappers vs the public’s safety.
Harley is ready to bound into your life!
Harley would love to move into his new forever home. He’s a pit bull terrier/pointer mix, a little over one year old. His foster parents say he is very sweet, kind, and full of life and love.
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