Construction begins on first wildlife overpass on I-90

I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition staff, Charlie Raines and Jen Watkins, standing in front of the Lake Keechelus Wildlife Overpass as it is constructed.

I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition staff, Charlie Raines and Jen Watkins, standing in front of the Lake Keechelus Wildlife Overpass as it is constructed.

This week the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and its contractors installed the first of two archways that will span six lanes of traffic on both directions of the interstate. It’s a significant milestone in the construction of I-90’s first “wildlife bridge” entitled the Keechelus Lake Wildlife Overcrossing.

The site where dozens of 40,000 pound concrete pieces were being lifted into place to form the archway is located east of Snoqualmie Pass past Keechelus Lake near Price Creek.   A wide range species from the Pacific tree frog to elk to wolves are anticipated to use the wildlife overpass once it is complete.  They may walk, hop, or inch their way safely over I-90 on this new crossing structure – some taking longer then others. See a more complete list of species here.

Traffic should begin driving under these new arches over I-90 later this fall, while construction of the remainder of the wildlife overpass will continue through 2018.  This is a huge milestone in making the roadway safer for people and wildlife for this 15-mile project.

See coverage by the Seattle Times and NWCN on this important moment.

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