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Sierra Club Supports I-90 Upgrades

There's one state highway project this year that has the strong support of the Sierra Club and other environmental groups. The Washington State Department of Transportation is considering an upgrade to I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass. The requested funds would cover the cost of longer and higher bridges at Gold Creek.

"The new bridges would dramatically improve wildlife connectivity for over 260 species," said Charlie Raines, Chair of the Sierra Club Cascade Chapter Checkerboard Project. "This will strengthen wildlife populations by providing a genetic connection between the north and south Cascades."

The Department of Transportation will issue a Draft Environmental Impact Statement in April. Public hearings will be held in Ellensburg, Snoqualmie Pass, and Bellevue in May. A final decision on the wildlife crossings is due late this year. For more information, please contact Charlie Raines at 206-523-1347 or ccraines@comcast.net.