Arizona State University students, ADOT team up to create new type of cattle guard

May 15, 2017, 5:15 AM

(AP Photo)...

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

PHOENIX — A group of Arizona State University students are creating a new type of cattle guard that could be seen on state highways in the future.

(Photo: ADOT)

(Photo: ADOT)

The engineering students paired up with the Arizona Department of Transportation to develop a prototype of the cattle guard.

Ryan Harding, a spokesman with the department, said the first half of the prototype involves gates that are always up.

“When a vehicle approaches, it will slow down, and roll slowly onto the gate,” Harding said. “[That] activates the pulleys, and the gates collapse. The vehicle can cross safely over.”

A small structure nearby makes sure animals do not get past those raised gates, Harding said.

“If an animal gets too close, [the structure] will emit predator sound,” he said. “It also uses motion and a predator decoy will pop out.”

The students are senior engineering majors. Their project is now the property of ADOT.

“Engineers may take certain elements for further study and refinement,” Harding said. “Someday, the students’ ideas may be used to improve the state highway system.”

Collisions with large animals, like cattle, can damage vehicles almost beyond repair and cause serious injuries to both drivers and passengers.

In addition, drivers may be required — depending on the accident circumstances — to compensate the animal’s owner. A bull, for example, could cost as much as $3,000.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Follow @KTAR923...

Silver Alert issued for 80-year-old woman with dementia

Authorities issued a Silver Alert on Saturday morning for a missing 80-year-old woman who suffers from dementia.

1 hour ago

( photo)...

Damon Allred

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to fund Yavapai County mine cleanup project

The Iron King Mine -- Humboldt Smelter Superfund site is set to receive $15 million in federal funding to support cleanup efforts.

2 hours ago

Group photo of band players for Cigarettes After Sex...

SuElen Rivera

Cigarettes After Sex to stop in Valley this fall during world tour

American dream pop band Cigarettes After Sex announced a stop in the Valley this fall during their upcoming world tour.

3 hours ago

Smalls Sliders signed a deal with an operating partner to open 22 locations in the Phoenix area. (S...

Brandon Brown/Phoenix Business Journal

Drew Brees-backed Smalls Sliders looks to open 22 locations across the Phoenix metro

Smalls Sliders has signed its largest franchise agreement to date to bring more than 20 locations to the Phoenix metro.

4 hours ago

Follow @suelenrivera...

SuElen Rivera

City of Goodyear unveils state-of-the-art Fire Station 188

The city of Goodyear held a grand opening ceremony on Thursday for the addition of its latest fire station.

13 hours ago

(Facebook Photo/Tucson Police Department)...

Associated Press

Man already serving life sentence convicted of killing Tucson girl who vanished from parents’ home

A man already serving a life sentence was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder in the killing of another Tucson girl years earlier.

16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Collins Comfort Masters

Avoid a potential emergency and get your home’s heating and furnace safety checked

With the weather getting colder throughout the Valley, the best time to make sure your heating is all up to date is now. 

(KTAR News Graphic)...

Boys & Girls Clubs

KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

KTAR is teaming up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for a holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids.


Sanderson Ford

The best ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day and give back to the community

Veterans Day is fast approaching and there's no better way to support our veterans than to donate to the Military Assistance Mission.

Arizona State University students, ADOT team up to create new type of cattle guard