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Youth art contest promotes I-90 wildlife bridge

Thursday, April 2, 2015by  Jon Osterberg

Work crews will start building an I-90 bridge for wildlife this June as part of the broad freeway improvements east of Snoqualmie Pass.
   Travelers, take note that the bridge also will displace the Price Creek rest area at milepost 62 in June, eliminating public rest rooms between Travelers Rest at the summit and Indian John Hill Rest Area east of Cle Elum.
   To raise awareness of the wildlife bridge, youth are invited to enter a social media art contest and draw the diverse animals that will cross over I-90 on the new bridge: mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, snails and their kin.
   The contest runs now through May 11, with prizes for several categories. Check out this short video.
   Because of our mild winter, construction already has resumed on WSDOT’s I-90 project. Phase 1 is well underway, with additional lanes already completed between Hyak and the old Lake Keechelus snowshed, and new avalanche bridges are under construction that will replace the snowshed, demolished last year.
   The wildlife bridge is part of phase 2A, which spans 2 miles from Keechelus Dam to the Stampede Pass interchange. Construction is slated to conclude in fall 2020.
   Photos courtesy of WSDOT

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