Wildlife crossing bridge underway in Washington state

©U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest

Construction crews are making headway with a new wildlife overcrossing connecting north and south Cascades habitat on Intestate 90 in Washington state. The $6.2 million bridge is mean to help provide save crossing for elk (Cervus canadensis) black bears (Ursus americanus) and even mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) while cars drive underneath. This summer, workers began placing panels of concrete on the bridge and filling it with dirt. The next step is raising 8-foot walls on both sides of the bridge to block traffic noise and prevent snow from dropping off onto the road. Construction crews and the Washington Department of Transportation plan to spread dirt over the structure and then plant native flora to attract wildlife species.

Read more at The Seattle Times.