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Largest Wildlife Bridge In US Just Opened In Bid To Save Animals’ Lives

by : Emma Rosemurgey on : 12 Dec 2020 18:56
Largest Wildlife Bridge In US Just Opened In Bid To Save Animals' LivesLargest Wildlife Bridge In US Just Opened In Bid To Save Animals' LivesPhil Hardberger Park Conservancy/Pixabay

The biggest wildlife bridge in the whole of the United States has finally opened in San Antonio, Texas.

Construction barriers on the Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge, which connects the east and the west of Phil Hardberger Park, were finally lifted at around 1pm local time yesterday, December 11.

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The successful opening of the wildlife bridge comes after 10 years of hard work, according to former mayor of San Antonio and president of the park’s conservancy, Phil Hardberger.

Largest Wildlife Bridge In US Just Opened In Bid To Save Animals' LivesLargest Wildlife Bridge In US Just Opened In Bid To Save Animals' LivesPhil Hardberger Park Conservancy

‘It’s kind of a little burden off your shoulders if you have a job that takes 10 years to complete,’ he said, as per the San Antonio Report.

‘But in addition to that, it’s a great pleasure to kind of help tie people in San Antonio back to nature.’

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Construction on the 150-foot-wide structure, which allows people and wildlife alike to safely travel from one side of the park to the other, began in November 2018, after it was approved by San Antonio City Council.

The bridge is covered in trees and greenery, including a number of plants that could already be found in the park, rather than introducing plants not local to the area, according to Hardberger.

Largest Wildlife Bridge In US Just Opened In Bid To Save Animals' LivesLargest Wildlife Bridge In US Just Opened In Bid To Save Animals' LivesPhil Hardberger Park Conservancy

He explained:

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It should look pretty good by the spring, but it would probably be at its optimum after two or three years. Then it’s going to look exactly like the surrounding parts of the park.

It’s thought that the bridge will significantly help reduce the number of wildlife related crashes on the busy parkway, while making it easier for the animals to reach their watering holes.

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Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.

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    Land bridge opens to Hardberger Park visitors and wildlife