US 97 - North of Goldendale - Wildlife Habitat Connectivity - Complete April 2014

This project built a new bridge on US 97 over Butler Creek, nine miles north of Goldendale, and installed 8-foot-tall fences to help guide wildlife to cross underneath the highway instead of running through traffic on US 97.

The crossing also improved fish passage in Butler Creek by removing a fish barrier culvert.


How you benefit

Improves safety
Fewer wildlife/vehicle collisions.

Relieves congestion
Improved access to habitat for both wildlife and fish.


Partnerships & cooperation
At WSDOT we seek to address the concerns of the tribal nations using the process outlined in Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the WSDOT Tribal Consultation Policy adopted in 2003 by the Transportation Commission as part of the WSDOT Centennial Accord Plan. This project did not impact any tribal resources since the work was entirely above ground on existing WSDOT right of way. For more information visit our WSDOT Tribal Liaison website.

WSDOT makes every effort to assess and minimize environmental impacts from our projects. A detailed analysis of the project’s environmental impacts was completed as part of the environmental documentation and environmental permitting processes. For environmental information specific to this project, please contact Barb Aberle at (360) 905-2186, or e-mail


2005 gas tax (TPA): $2.9 million
Total funding available: $2.9 million


Contact us
Area Engineer Chris Tams
WSDOT Columbia Gorge Project Office
11018 NE 51st Circle
Vancouver, WA 98682
Phone: 360-759-1310, or toll-free at 1-866-279-0730


Abbi Russell
WSDOT Communications
11018 NE 51st Circle
Vancouver, WA 98682
Phone: 360-905-2058

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A lot of wildlife has been observed and photographed in the area where this project was built.