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A hummingbird visits a purple flower in a field.

Pit stops for pollinators bring native plants to Arizona highways

Did you know that ADOT helps to grow new plants by planting the seeds of native plants along state highways? ADOT gets rid of unwanted, invasive plants along roadsides to help maintain and encourage growth of native plants. 
A desert tortoise eats a shrub in the desert. Saguaro cactuses are in the background.

How ADOT works with desert tortoises

ADOT helps support tortoise populations by paying attention to where these shelled reptiles may burrow near highways. Before highway construction projects begin, environmental specialists survey the area to identify tortoises that may be living there. Construction and maintenance workers are trained to look for tortoises, too.

ADOT, NAU biologists work to protect endangered species while improving Verde River bridges

Learn about how wildlife species are protected along the Verde River when construction activities occur nearby.

From the Director: Avoid deer in the headlights, literally

This time of year, crashes involving wildlife are more likely due to monsoon and heavy holiday-related travel. Follow these tips to avoid having a “deer in the headlights” moment.

A visit from Rocky helps mark milestone for Ina Road/I-10 project

The Ina Road interchange was progressing without any surprises until a furry visitor make an unexpected appearance.

A tale fit for Halloween: ADOT’s bat man to the rescue

ADOT goes to bat for a couple of flying mammals near the San Pedro River.

Arizona Highways shows off its wild side in latest book

If you enjoy receiving your Arizona Highways magazine in your mailbox each month, you might want to check out the publication's coffee table books and guides.

Oracle Road project benefits wildlife, motorists and cyclists

The State Route 77 (Oracle Road) project west of Mt. Lemmon not only adds travel lanes for drivers but has something for bicyclists and wildlife.

ADOT works to safeguard wildlife along state highways

ADOT is known for building roads but we also work to protect the wildlife that live near our highways. The desert tortoise is just one of the animals ADOT partners with other agencies to protect.

Pup rescued from SR 51 has a good home in her future

A little dog that made her way onto SR 51 during Monday evening’s rush hour and miraculously avoided being hit by traffic now has a good home in her future.

ADOT nationally recognized for environmental leadership

ADOT has received a new accolade for its leadership in developing wildlife crossing structures in Arizona.

Check it out: Wildlife underpass installation

We’ve got an interesting time-lapse video to share with you today that shows the installation of a wildlife underpass on SR 86.