First animal spotted using I-90 wildlife crossing

First animal spotted using I-90 wildlife crossing (WSDOT photo)

A Washington State Department of Transportation camera caught the first animal, a coyote, to use the new animal crossing over I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass.

The crossing is part of a series of improvements along this stretch of I-90 in the last few years, along with adding lanes, stabilizing slopes and adding avalanche bridges.

The new overcrossing was modeled after similar structures in Canada's Banff National Park and is paired with a large undercrossing nearby.

WSDOT told KOMO News in September they first planned to put it in closer to the pass, but wildlife tracking revealed more activity farther east.

"We've seen a lot of wildlife even during construction trying to use this structure, so they're ready for us to be done," said Brian White with WSDOT previously told KOMO.

The larger size will accommodate all sizes of animals, from mice and moles to bears and elk, to safely get around the other creatures who visit their forest.

"We should be proud of our state," White said. "This is really a great situation where we could improve a major infrastructure project and at the same time do something really great for wildlife."

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