This week will mark a first for Washington, as the state breaks ground in construction for their inaugural animal overpass.
Interstate 90 in the Northwest cuts through the forests and mountains of the region, having long proved dangerous and fatal for wildlife. Now, the Department of Transportation will begin building a 150 foot-long structure freeway overpass designed specifically for all animals to endure safe passage, set to open in 2019.
“This is really a remarkable effort,” said Patricia Garvey-Darda, a biologist for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. “The goal is to connect all the species and all the habitat.”
This is only the beginning in creating animal-friendly land in the high traffic area. A 15-mile stretch of interstate is part of a project that all told, will feature more than 20 underpasses and overpasses to facilitate the movement of local wildlife.
While this is the first overpass, four underpasses are already…