A Field Survey Study for Planning Highway Wildlife Crossing Structures in A Regional Case of National Highway in China

Determining the appropriate locations of the Wildlife Crossing Structures (WCS) is always a vital problem in road ecology studies. It is particularly tricky when no monitoring data or limited information are available beforehand. This paper reports on a series of field investigations for designing WCS in a section of one Chinese National Highway project (Beijing-Urumqi G7 national highway) before construction and showcases useful pro-active actions to design crossing structures for biodiversity protection in infrastructure development. The authors applied four methods, including expert consultant, Line- and Belt-Transect methods, surface waters survey, and animal sign-tracking technique, to study the target species that would most likely use the crossing structures and possible locations where high crossing demand might occur. The survey results show that the goitered gazelle, Gazella subgutturosa, is the most widely distributed large ungulate species in this study area. Also, the authors identified 22 possible crossing points along the designed highway alignment based on the survey results. The study provides a practical case for practitioners and policymakers and acts as a cornerstone for implementation and monitoring of WCS in the future.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ADC30 Standing Committee on Ecology and Transportation.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • Zhang, Bin
    • Tang, Junqing
    • Wang, Yi
    • Zhang, Hongfeng
    • Wu, Xiaomin
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2019


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 14p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01697314
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-02566
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:23AM