ADOT wins award for wildlife work

PHOENIX - The Arizona Department of Transportation has been recognized for providing innovative solutions for safe travel while protecting wildlife, including overpass crossings for bighorn sheep over U.S. Highway 93.

The state agency recently received the Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration.

ADOT and Arizona Game and Fish collaborated to build wildlife underpasses and elk crossings along State Route 260 east of Payson and desert bighorn sheep overpasses near historic Hoover Dam on U.S. 93.

According to data collected by the Arizona Game and Fish, more than 4,300 desert bighorn sheep crossed three overpasses on U.S. 93 in a two-year span.