A Delta High School sophomore is the winner of a state contest to design a wildlife crossing near Snoqualmie Pass.
Connor Gill won a $1,500 scholarship, as well as a week-long adventure with the Cascade Mountain School for his essay and design for an overpass for wildlife to cross on Interstate 90. The design was chosen by a review panel from the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, which co-hosted the 2014 Bridging Futures Scholarship with the state Department of Transportation.
High school students from across the state were asked to design a wildlife crossing that deals with the same issues Department of Transportation engineers are dealing with for their design of a wildlife crossing scheduled to be built in 2015 near the Price Noble Creek Sno-Park and temporary rest area. The crossing, which is intended to safely reconnect natural habitat in the central Cascades, is part of the second phase of Snoqualmie Pass improvements.
Gills essay explained that his bridge would be wider on either side and narrower in the middle, making it look less like a typical highway crossing. It would have a gradual dirt fill ramp with a gentle incline and decline. Vegetation would be planted to give it a more natural look to the animals that are crossing.