I-90 wildlife bridge design wins funding
Mar 29, 2012
Governor Gregoire signs a bill securing funding for design and construction in 2015 of Washington's first-ever wildlife overpass.
A buck mule deer near the I-90 Project area. Log your wildlife sightings online at I-90 Wildlife Watch. Photo: Western Transportation Institute
Governor Gregoire signed a transportation bill securing funding for the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project, which includes Washington state's first wildlife overpass.
"This timing couldn't be better," said Jen Watkins, Conservation Northwest conservation associate. "This June, a field tour during the Western Governors Association's annual meeting will visit the project area."
The legislation directs the Department of Transportation to apply $67 million
toward Phase 2 of the project, including the design of the wildlife bridge. Construction is expected in 2015; the Rock Knob wildlife bridge will reduce animal-vehicle collisions, promoting safe passage for all.
Conservation Northwest is part of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, supporting connected habitat for wildlife across the interstate in this key Cascades wildlife corridor.
"It is important for wildlife supporters to stay vigilant about defending the project in future legislative sessions, and remain watchful for other funding sources," Watkins says.