Wildlife’s Overpasses on Today’s Highways


Wildlife Bridge Overpass – Giving animals a leg up on the auto traffic

Where’s the merge lane and who has right of way when the only traffic are animals such as tigers, wallabies, possums or kangaroos? I suppose whoever is highest on the food chain gets to go first across these overpasses with no roads, and only trees and grasses.

Someone posted the aerial image at right this evening. At first glance it looked like the same bridge under which I passed two years ago on the east coast highway heading north from Sydney, Australia. I dug in my files, and found the snapshot of the bridge and include it here.

I was so taken aback by the site of the strange overpass,  which looked like a neglected highway department lapse in maintenance, that I stopped the car and took a picture. At the time, I didn’t know what it was, and after some discussion with my wife, decided it must a wildlife corridor.

Wildlife Overpass – East Coast Australia

It’s good to see there are others. The Facebook image didn’t have a caption indicating where it was, but looks like it could be another location in Australia. Anyway, “Good on ya” for building this you Aussies! Anybody got an idea how many of these wildlife overpasses there are, and who’s the traffic cop?

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6 Responses to “Wildlife’s Overpasses on Today’s Highways”

  1. Scotty Says:

    I think we have 5 or 6 of these wildlife overpasses between the Gold Coast and Port Macquarie on the Pacific Highway, connecting wildlife corridors. They’re designed mainly for Koalas which are facing extinction in some areas. Unfortunately 1 every 200km doesn’t help all that much.

    I’d like to know where that top photo is from? Might be an artists impression because the actual overpasses (as you’ve got pictured) aren’t as schmick looking.


    • mtnspirit Says:

      Hey Scotty,
      The aerial shot came to me via FB, where I’ve seen it circulated around quite a bit. Not sure where it’s from, but maybe someone will reply to this post and let us know. I doubt it’s Photoshopped – probably just a different continent, (Africa?). Certainly not the U.S. I’m curious as well. Thanks for the explanation on the koalas. Ykes – Good to know.
      Cheers Mate,
      R. Richards

  2. Nevada Smith Says:

    Found it! Its over the A50 in The Netherlands.

  3. dave Says:

    The above top photo is of a bridge over the A50 in The Netherlands.
    52.111868, 5.9522248
    There is another one about 10 miles south of this one on the same roadway.

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