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I-90 Bridging Futures Contest Winners



The Washington Department of Transportation and I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition held a social media art contest for K-12 students, consisting of five categories, entitled Bridging Futures 2015: #iHearti90Wildlife to highlight the many forms of wildlife living in our Cascade Mountains, which will benefit from the wildlife overpass being built over I-90 just east of Snoqualmie Pass.

Yesterday, the winners were announced at the ground breaking ceremony for the project and two students in Mrs. Horton’s class at Thunder Mountain won! Piper Laymen won the “most creative entry” category and Kelsey Webb won the “people’s choice on Instagram and Facebook” category. Piper and Mrs. Horton were able to attend the groundbreaking ceremony. Congratulations girls!

Jeff Burnside, investigative reporter with KOMO 4 and contest judge said, “The judges were taken aback by the passion and thought that went into every single entry.” “These artists will never know the number of wildlife their art work saved by raising awareness of this important project.” Coalition Director Charlie Raines shared, “It is heartening to see the next generation’s understanding and support for the needs of wildlife and how we can incorporate that in our transportation facilities. These artworks are both thoughtful and creative.”

If you are interested in seeing all entries, they are available on the contest Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ihearti90wildlife.