ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Transportation was awarded the 2022 Environmental Excellence Award by the Federal Highway Administration.
WYDOT won this award in the category of Ecosystems, Habitats, and Wildlife for its efforts in the Snake River Bridge reconstruction and wildlife crossing integration project.
This is one of 14 awards that are given out nationwide in a variety of environmental categories.
The Snake River Bridge project was undertaken by WYDOT in collaboration with Wyoming Game and Fish, Teton County, and other community organizations. The project was designed to replace a bridge on Wyoming Highway 22 and expand it to accommodate local and migrating wildlife within the Greater Yellowstone National Park ecosystem.
The project will extend the bridge in order to accommodate a wildlife underpass and will include three additional wildlife crossings that will facilitate safer wildlife movements, especially for large animals such as moose, elk, and deer.
The Federal Highway Administration cited “WYDOT’s exemplary achievement” and “extensive stakeholder collaboration, community engagement, and environmental considerations” in conferring the award.
The Snake River Bridge project will be set to contract this fall and construction could take place as early as spring 2023.