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Drivers shifting to new US 97 Butler Creek bridge Monday

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Date:  Friday, December 07, 2012

Contact: Abbi Russell, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2058 (Vancouver)

GOLDENDALE – Drivers on US 97 north of Goldendale will move from a temporary bridge to a new, permanent wildlife connectivity bridge over Butler Creek by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10.

The work zone speed limit on US 97 remains 35 mph while crews working with the Washington State Department of Transportation continue construction activities in the area.

The traffic shift lifts a load-width restriction that has been in effect since August.

The Butler Creek area has a robust wildlife population, and animals often cross US 97 to reach food and habitat on either side of the highway. The new bridge will help reduce the number of collisions involving wildlife by providing a channeled crossing for animals to travel underneath US 97.

The bridge also improves fish habitat in Butler Creek by eliminating a fish barrier culvert and widening the streambed.

The $2.9 million gas tax-funded project is scheduled for completion in spring 2013.

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