The Washington State Department of Transportation recently announced the state's first wildlife bridge, which will be built near Snoqualmie Pass over I-90. Wildlife bridges are common in Europe and we have seen some impressive structures over highways in the Canadian Rockies.
These wildlife bridges allow herds of animals to traverse the land reducing the threat of animal/automobile collisions.
We think WSDOT may be forgetting the wildlife bridge over I-405 that we have here in Kirkland -- the one connecting the Highlands with North Rose Hill over I-405 at NE 100th.
The NE 100th bridge was built for the emergency vehicles only to provide quicker response times to the Highlands Neighborhood.
Cars are not allowed to pass over this bridge.
We think it is mostly used by squirrels.
Fortunately, emergency vehicles don't traverse the bridge too frequently so that makes room for lots of wildlife to cross.
These wildlife bridges sound like a good way to protect animals, but they do lead us to ask one question:
Why is WSDOT more concerned about the free movement of animals than it is with the free movement of goods and people?
For a good look at the different ways WSDOT apologists and WSDOT antagonists (yours truly) view the subject of I-405 tolling, read I-405 Tolling FAILURE -- Commuter nightmare as freeway grinds to a halt [poll]