US 97 - North of Goldendale - Wildlife Habitat Connectivity - Project Map

This project builds a new bridge on US 97 over Butler Creek, nine miles north of Goldendale, and installs eight-foot fences to help guide wildlife to cross underneath the highway instead of running through traffic on US 97.

The crossing also improves fish passage in Butler Creek by removing a fish barrier culvert. During low water flow, such as in the summer, the culvert sits too high above the creek and fish can't swim through. During high water flow, the water velocity is too strong for fish to navigate.