IDOT: Less roadkill to be picked up along highways

By The Associated Press

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The view along Illinois highways for at least part of this summer should be beautiful – for the turkey vultures.

The state’s transportation department says it won’t pick up as much roadkill left along roads because it spent more than twice the allotted $40 million over the winter on clearing ice and snow removal.

Dead animals in driving lanes and any deemed hazardous to motorists will be removed. But much of the rest will be left for scavengers.

The Jackson County Health Department says the roadkill shouldn’t lead to any health risks.

IDOT spokesman Mike Claffey says the department has asked for $20 million in additional funding in a supplemental appropriations measure being considered by state lawmakers.

The new budget year starts July 1st.