WSDOT breaks ground on next 2 miles of I-90 project east of Snoqualmie Pass including construction of wildlife overcrossing

State, federal, non-profit, and individual partners in the I-90 corridor stand in front of a graphic rendition of the wildlife overpass now being constructed on I-90 at the groundbreaking event.

State, federal, non-profit, and individual partners in the I-90 corridor stand in front of a graphic rendition of the wildlife overpass now being constructed on I-90 at the groundbreaking event.

Today, the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition and many partners attending the groundbreaking event for Phase 2A of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project.  A 2-mile section of the project that includes a wildlife overcrossing structure to make the roadway safer for people and wildlife.  Winners from our 2015 Bridging Futures contest co-hosted with the Washington Department of Transportation were announced and recognized at the event.  See the Washington Department of Transportation’s press release below, as well as this comment from our Coalition Director.

“The wildlife overpass at Price Creek is a milestone in both transportation and wildlife policy. It will be an icon that continually reminds us that we are all part of an ecosystem- and what we can accomplish on behalf of ourselves and the species which share the planet. This structure will ensure safe passage for animal and human travelers,” said Charlie Raines, I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition Director.  “This is also an incredible demonstration of partnerships – and how they can be effective at meeting critical goals of our state. Washington Dept of Transportation, land and wildlife management agencies, transportation and environmental advocates and land conservation organizations – all have contributed essential blocks to this habitat corridor- the land, the structure, and its wise use. We are proud to have been a part of that collaboration.”

WSDOT breaks ground on next 2 miles of I-90 project east of Snoqualmie Pass
Date: Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Contact: Meagan Lott, WSDOT communications, 509-654-0697
Summer Derrey, WSDOT communications, 509-494-3948

HYAK – Six new lanes, one wildlife overcrossing, new bridges and culverts, and safety improvements are coming to a 2-mile stretch of Interstate 90 beginning this summer.

Local officials, business leaders and transportation advocates joined the Washington State Department of Transportation Tuesday, June 9, to break ground on the next major phase to widen I-90 from four to six lanes and improve reliability and safety for drivers east of Snoqualmie Pass.

“This project is a shining example of WSDOT’s future direction. It embraces our values, goals and strategies for a safe transportation system that improves mobility and supports economic growth,” said Cam Gilmour, deputy secretary of transportation.

This phase of the project builds a new six lane highway, stabilizes rock slopes, constructs new bridges and culverts, and builds a wildlife overcrossing, the first of its kind in the project corridor. Construction is scheduled to be complete in 2019.

The groundbreaking signals increased construction-related delays on Snoqualmie Pass this summer. Drivers will experience minor, periodic delays caused by single-lane closures and rolling slowdowns through October.

The start of this 2-mile section is an extension of the $551 million project funded by the 2005 gas tax to improve 5 miles of I-90 from Hyak to Keechelus Dam, scheduled for completion in 2018. The Legislature allocated funding in the 2013 transportation budget to continue expanding I-90 to the Stampede Pass interchange.

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