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I-90 funding for the holidays?

Sep 14, 2013

The I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project and a confirmed new first-ever I-90 wildlife bridge is at the top of Conservation Northwest's holiday wish list this year.

I-90 funding for the holidays?

The holiday wish list for Cascades wildlife includes funding to complete the final 9 miles of the I-90 project, including wildlife bridges as depicted in a WA DOT architectural sketch.

Conservation Northwest and partners in the I-90 wildlife Bridges Coalition are preparing our holiday wish list a little early this year.

The I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project is at the top. 

The transportation project is a 15-mile transportation improvement package to Washington State's most important east-west transportation corridor. Some 27,000 vehicles—freight, commuters, and tourists—cross daily over I-90 and Snoqualmie Pass through the Cascades.

This east-west economic lifeline, moving goods and people, bisects one of our state's most important north-south wildlife corridors, easing travel of animals from elk to wolverines, in the Cascade Mountains. The innovative design of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project contributes to Washington's economy and ecology.

The legislature has already funded design and construction of the project's first 6 miles (Phases 1 and 2A), recognizing the I-90 project's importance to our state. The portion of the I-90 project currently under construction has come in both on time and under budget—not a common theme in transportation mega-projects these days. But $390 million is needed to complete the final 9 miles.

From 9/17 to 10/15/13, leaders from the Senate Transportation Committee are holding listening sessions around the state to hear people's concerns and suggestions for transportation and priorities. Let Washington's legislators know that you have put $390 million for I-90 and wildlife on your wish list this year. 

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