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Building Wildlife Crossing to Improve Highway Safety: DIALOG’s Neil Robson and Graeme Johnston Present at Dinner Event Hosted by the CSCE – Edmonton

January 15, 2024

Join DIALOG’s Neil Robson, partner and structural engineer, and Graeme Johnston, structural engineer, as they present the Highway 1 Wildlife Overpass at a dinner event hosted by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering – Edmonton on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at the University Club of the University of Alberta.

Event Details

Date:                                 Thursday, January 18, 2024
Time:                                5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. MT
Location:                         The University (Faculty) Club, University of Alberta, 11435 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton, Alberta
Fee:                                   Non-members: $60 | Members and sponsors: $45 | Students: $20

Click HERE to register for the event.

Highway 1 Wildlife Overpass

As one of the busiest stretches of roadway in Alberta, Highway 1 approaching Banff National Park has been a hot spot for wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVCs). Large animals such as deer, elk, and bears have been victims of WVCs, along with the drivers of the vehicles.

In 2018, Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors engaged DIALOG with the goal of dramatically reducing WVCs in the Bow Valley Corridor while maintaining critical animal migration routes and connectivity. The outcome was the design and construction of the first wildlife overpass in Canada that exists outside of a National Park.

In this presentation, Neil Robson and Graeme Johnston will provide an in-depth look at the project design and construction, which includes 12 kilometres of wildlife fencing to keep wildlife away from vehicles and funnel them to the overpass, a series of “jump outs” to allow animals who enter the right-of-way to exit safely, and other design innovations.

About the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering – Edmonton 

Founded in 1887 by prominent Civil Engineers in Canada, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) is a learned society intended to develop and maintain high standards of civil engineering practice in Canada and to enhance the public image of the civil engineering profession.

The Edmonton section is one of many local chapters from across the country, holding a variety of technical professional development events for the engineering community including monthly dinner presentations, technical tours and site visits, short courses and workshops, networking events, and young professional events.