House Proposal Misses Opportunity to Complete I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project

WSDOT artist rendition of the Price-Noble Creek wildlife overpass to be constructed in Phase 2A of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project, breaking ground this summer.

WSDOT artist rendition of the Price-Noble Creek wildlife overpass to be constructed in Phase 2A of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project, breaking ground this summer.

Today, the House Transportation Committee in the Washington State Legislature released a transportation package to fund necessary ways to keep Washington moving. While the package provides nearly $206 million for the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project, that would fund less than half of the remaining eight miles of the project.

“Not only is Interstate 90 the most important east-west transportation corridor in our state, it is a barrier to wildlife connectivity,” said Charlie Raines, Director of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition. “The I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project shares broad support from across the state from freight haulers to recreationists to environmentalists – because it will both improve the flow of freight and tourists and provide safe passage for all wildlife species. Now is the time to fully fund the project through to its completion.”

Earlier in the session the Senate Transportation Committee’s package proposed $426 million to complete the entire 15-mile I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project in Kittitas County. That funding level would complete the remaining eight miles,– widening the freeway to six lanes and including a series of wildlife crossing structures. I-90 Wildife Bridges Coalition urges lawmakers in Olympia to uphold the full funding for the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project as negotiations between the Governor, House, and Senate result in a final bill. This funding is needed to ensure that the first wildlife overpass in the state will be built in this biennium.

Thanks to the previous leadership of Senator Curtis King and Representative Judy Clibborn, Interstate 90 has been recognized as a high priority transportation project for our state, and it is ground breaking in addressing wildlife and environmental issues, which led to an early and efficient construction start of Phase 1 (and Phase 2A breaking ground this summer).

Click here to see a project map of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project that outlines all of the project phases.

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