The wildlife crossing bridge across Oracle Road near Oro Valley will soon be officially named The Ann Day Memorial Wildlife Bridge.
Upon request from Pima County, the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names dedicate the structure to the late District 1 supervisor, who championed the County’s wildlife preservation efforts.
Day represented District 1 on the Board of Supervisors from 2000 to 2012. She was killed in an car accident in May 2016.
The Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names approved the renaming at its Aug. 8 meeting. After the board's October meeting, the name will be submitted to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Geographic Names Information System for final approval and inclusion on future maps.
The bridge was completed and dedicated in May 2016. Funding for the project came from the Regional Transportation Authority Plan, which voters approved in 2006. The bridge connects lands managed by the Arizona State Land Department, U.S. Forest Service, and Rancho Vistoso Homeowners Association. Pima County funded additional land acquisitions adjacent to the Ann Day Memorial Wildlife Bridge.
The placement of the bridge was chosen because of it's frequent wildlife crossings and location between the Catalina and Tortolita mountains.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department monitors animal usage of the bridge with cameras, which since its opening has seen nearly 2,500 animal crossings.
An additional 2,000 animals have crossed at a nearby underpass that was also designed for wildlife use.Mule deer make up the majority of animals that use the bridge while javelinas, coyotes and bobcats prefer the underpass.
This news item was originally submitted by the Pima County Communications Office and was edited for format by Tucson Local Media staff.