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MOUNTAIN PASSES — The Washington Transportation Department has closed Cayuse Pass for the season, but conditions at nearby Chinook Pass are more favorable. Chinook Pass was reopened at noon Wednesday — but no one knows how long the road will remain open.
Cayuse Pass is on Highway 123 and Chinook Pass is on Highway 410 on the east side of Mount Rainier National Park.
Both passes are typically closed for the winter by deep snow and avalanche danger.
WILDLIFE — The signs along highways warning motorists that wildlife frequently crosses the road in certain stretches aren't random acts of government spending.
State's keep track of roadkill — what they pick up and where motor vehicles are reported to have collided with critters. fall and winter are the most hazardous times.
Statewide, more than 1,100 wildlife/vehicle collisions are reported to the Washington State Patrol every year. Many more go unreported but leave animals dead. Washington Department of Transportation crews remove an average of 3,500 deer and elk carcasses from highways every year.
Those “wildlife crossing” signs are placed in the hot spots for these statistics.
Eastern Washington areas with the highest wildlife/vehicle collision rates include:
Several factors combine to make late fall the peak of the “bumper crop.”
A 2008 analysis of deer-elk collisions along Washington state highways — the lead author was Woody Myers, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife big-game researcher based in Spokane — gives state agencies more guidance in planning highway routes and when to use measures such as fencing or wildlife overpasses or underpasses.
WSDOT is working with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and other stakeholders on a statewide Habitat Connectivity assessment that will identify areas where wildlife require movement across the highway.
The Hyak to Easton project under construction on I-90 has a number of wildlife crossing structures and wildlife fencing.
WINTER TRAVEL — Slippery roads this week are a reminder that drivers should be prepared for mishaps that might catch stuck, stranded or off the road in winter conditions.
A bag of items stashed in your vehicle could spell the difference between comfort and misery if not — in the worst case scenario — life and death.
Carry a survival kit in your vehicle.
PARKS — The Washington Transportation Department has closed two passes on the east side of Mount Rainier for the winter.
Chinook Pass on Highway 410 and nearby Cayuse Pass on Highway 123 have been closed by recent snow and avalanche danger, department officials announced today.