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DOT looking for funds to study moose-car accidents

Posted: October 3, 2013 - 6:25pm

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities is seeking funding to analyze how effectively right-of-way clearing reduces moose-vehicle accidents.

The Sterling Highway, between Sterling and Soldotna; Kalifornsky Beach Road and Knik Goose Bay Road in Wasilla are the three priority highways in the study, DOT Regional Traffic Engineer Scott Thomas said. The study includes other highways, too, but Thomas was unable to provide their names.

Kalifornsky Beach Road and Kink Goose Bay Road are some of the highest ranking highways in Alaska for moose-vehicle accidents, he said. The Sterling Highway ranked the highest between 2001 and 2005, according to a 2007 a DOT and Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles report.

DOT hopes to begin the study this winter, and it would be completed in one to two years, Thomas said.

The department seeks $50,000 to $100,000 from the Federal Highway Administration, he said.

DOT has made “serious attempts” to remove the source of moose-vehicle accidents along the three highways to be included in the study, he said. But the department is uncertain if its efforts have reduced accidents, he said.

The department felled and removed willows around the Sterling Highway, it cut back brush on Kalifornsky Beach Road, and it cleared and grubbed other moose browse from Knik Goose Bay Road, he said.

But many other factors could contribute to swings in accident frequencies, he said. More moose living in the area or more vehicles traveling the highway is one factor, he said. Another would be a cold, deep winter that chased moose to the roadside in search of food, he said.

“It takes time to build up the data,” he said.

The University of Alaska Anchorage would partner with DOT for the study, he said. UAA would review the road and accident data DOT collects to try to find a correlation between accidents and the potential variables, he said.

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Norseman 10/04/13 - 05:23 am
Quit wasting good money on

Quit wasting good money on studies. Instead, spend the $100,000 keeping the ROW's cleared.

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 10/04/13 - 09:53 am
Send me the money and I'll

Send me the money and I'll tell you the answer without wasting a lot of time and effort as well.
Being the one that receives the calls from the Troopers for road kills for our church, I can tell you exactly the rise or fall in road kills since the right of way clearing started.
Or I guess the state could simply call the Troopers and get all that info for free with the numbers and exact locations of ALL ROAD KILLS.
Man I may have just ripped myself off some major $money$ for sharing this info on where to get the info they seek.
F&G also requires that moose parts be turned in so they can study why moose cross the roads and get killed doing so, so they also have a lot of info and seeing as how they are both state government they could maybe share these numbers.
Who would have thunk it? Problem solved and no Big $Bucks$ for me either I bet because I just whammed myself out of it.

CM907 10/06/13 - 12:44 pm
No new spending

Glad we agree on something. Quit wasting tax dollars.

Raoulduke 10/06/13 - 03:44 pm

Yep! Once again the FEDERAL money will be asked to be spent on frivolous studies.Please quit asking the federal government for grants. Especially when the grant monies will be spent on a bad idea.Federal grant monies The monies that do not have to be paid back to the Fed's.

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