SATUS PASS, Wash.– The Washington State Department of Transportation next week plans to restart work on a bridge north of Goldendale.
Starting Monday, the DOT will lay down the final layer of asphalt on a bridge over Butler Creek. It’s called the US 97 Wildlife Connectivity Project, and it’s designed to give wildlife an easier time crossing the road.
The original culvert was undersized and didn’t provide a great crossing.
The new bridge was funded by the state’s gas tax and cost nearly 3 million dollars.
The aim was to reduce the amount of wildlife crossing the road, and by extension reduce the number of collisions with animals.
Crews shut down the project for the winter in December, but now the warm weather means they can put the finishing touches on the project.
In addition to the new asphalt and some lane striping, crews will fence off about a mile of highway around the bridge.
They expect to finish the project in June.