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From snow-covered mountains to northwest ocean waters, it’s no secret that Washington is passionate about protecting all the wildlife in between.
In an effort to keep animals out of harm’s way, the state has invested millions of dollars into creating animal overpasses that stretch over busy roadways. A bridge under construction east of Snoqualmie Pass will be the the first of its kind in Washington, but it’s just not for conservation.
It’s about balancing human transportation needs with wildlife habitats, according to Washington State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Maeagan Lott.
“You’re improving safety, you’re relieving congestion and you’re also looking at the environmental aspects,” she told The Spokesman-Review.
Conservation Northwest has led efforts to get an overpass to connect two important habitats in the Price Creek area near mile marker 62 in eastern Washington.