2015 promises I-90 wildlife overpass
May 24, 2013
Funding for the first wildlife overpass in the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project has been signed into law by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. The overpass has long been sought by Conservation Northwest and members of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition to better connect Cascades habitat.
WADOT artist rendition of the promised overpass, with a few hoped-for animal embellishments of our own.
Funding for the first wildlife overpass in the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project has been signed into law by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. The overpass has been long sought by Conservation Northwest and other members of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, to better connect wildlife habit in the Cascades.
The legislature's final transportation bill allocates the savings accrued during the first phase of the I-90 project to future phases including the wildlife overpass. The legislature took that opportunity to ensure the I-90 project keeps moving forward, and the governor maintained the funding in the final bill.
Legislators also allocated funding in the 2015-2017 biennium to ensure that construction of the second phase begins right away. This second phase includes the Price-Noble wildlife overpass, as well as important freight and traffic improvements.
“It is exciting to know that construction on the second phase of this important project including the wildlife overpass will begin in less than two years,” said Jen Watkins of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition.
“We appreciate the continued dedication the legislature has shown to this project that improves safety and travel efficiency for motorist and freight moving east-west on I-90 and wildlife moving north-south in the Cascades.”
Also - see the winners!
In 2014, the design will be finalized for our state’s first wildlife overcrossing at Price/Noble Creek. High school students contributed their ideas towards the design of the wildlife overpass through our Bridging Futures scholarship contest this year, submitting everything from 3D models to computer designs.