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Marana spending $2.6 million to make sure wildlife safely cross the road

Posted at 7:46 PM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 22:46:43-04

The town of Marana is spending $2.6 million to make sure wildlife and people are safe on the roads by using culverts. 

Marana is spending RTA bonds to build five culverts along Tangerine Road.

 

 

The environmental project manager says about 1,000 animals are killed every month from being hit crossing this road. 

"You multiple that by all the roads that don't have wildlife crossings," Janine Spencer said, "That's a big impact."

However, some residents have different views on millions of their taxpayer money going towards this project. 

"Tax payer money being spent on a lot worse things than helping animals and I'm definitely in favor of it," said Aaron Schneider, a resident. 

"I think the animals could probably get through in other ways, granted Tangerine is going to be high high traffic, but we need to find another way to spend a little bit less money but still solve the problems," explained Pam Browning, another resident. 

Spencer says that the culverts will also work as a drainage system for this road as well.

She expects the project to be completed in six months.