Concerns about the moose fence warning system:
If you’ve driven the TCH in Newfoundland lately you may have noticed strange pillars poking up along the roadside. The groups of pillars span just over a kilometer and are designed to warn drivers if a moose wanders onto the road. There is no actual “fence”, just a set of sensors that tell you if something crosses between them -much the same way that garage doors now have a sensor near the bottom to make sure nobody is under the door when it closes. While a similar system for moose may seem like a good idea, there are a few serious concerns with relying on technology like this. In fact, it seems that drivers will get little more warning than they would without the fence.
- The pillars are close to the road so you won’t know if a moose is outside, just about to cross.
- The flashing lights are only at the beginning of the fence. One you pass them you won’t know if a moose is crossing.
- A moose could enter the highway near the signs and the fence/detectors would miss it entirely.