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Title: Implementation and Evaluation of a Buried Cable Animal Detection System
Contact: Bridget M. Donaldson
Project No.: 109863
Target Date: 01/31/2019
Abstract: This project will assess the performance of a buried cable animal detection system (ADS) under real-world conditions.  The ADS that will be evaluated is a buried dual-cable sensor that detects the presence of large- and medium-sized animals and provides data on their location along the length of the cable.  The system is designed to mitigate animal-vehicle collisions by detecting animals along the roadside and communicating with a warning system (typically a changeable message sign) that alerts drivers of nearby wildlife. The ADS will be installed along a road in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Salem District.  The study will document the installation and calibration of the ADS; the procedures for and results of a performance evaluation; the evaluation of a driver warning system; and recommendations regarding how these features can be used to ensure adequate performance of the ADS for future installations.

     Cristian Druta
     Andrew Alden
     Bridget M. Donaldson