Green crossings over French roads saving wildlife

Ecopont Le Cause Les Grands Genevriers on the A89 near Périgueux

Construction company Vinci has spent €177million building 200 animal passages in the last decade. Jane Hanks finds out how they save wildlife

Clever bridges and tunnels have been saving the lives of deer, badgers and wild boar as they cross the nation’s motorways.

There have been passages for animals since motorways were introduced but, in the past 10 years, they have become more sophisticated and adapted to the needs of the animals using them.

Road-kill bears testimony to the continuing massacre of wildlife but the carnage is reducing thanks to these innovations.

Wooden silhouettes of wild boar and deer decorate the sides of the bridges across motorways, marking the increasing number of écoponts, built to allow wild animals to cross in safety.

Vinci has built and manages two-thirds of French motorways and is responsible for 4,400km of road, which often slices through woodland and countryside.
Since 2010, Vinci says it has become France’s biggest spender on ecological structures, putting €177million into creating 200, including 20 new-style bridges and 110 tunnels or écoducs.

Vinci environment manager ...

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