A Concerned Community

Okanogan County citizens, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Conservation Northwest, the Okanogan Trails Mule Deer Foundation Chapter, and others are looking for a solution to reduce animal-vehicle collisions along Highway 97 in Okanogan County. This stretch of highway between Riverside and Tonasket is an important north-south commuting route and freight corridor but is also an important travel route and habitat for mule deer. The combination of vehicles and wildlife encountering this important connectivity corridor results in roadkill and vehicular accident hotspot.

This website was created to provide public information about efforts to create safer passage on Highway 97 between Milepost 299 to 312 and provide a place for the community to find information and to show their support. Open public meetings have been hosted over several years to engage the community in a discussion with WSDOT about potential solutions. Future meeting announcements will be posted to this website.

SafePassage97.org was developed by JackFig Design with the direction and guidance from the following individuals who provided information and research, reviewed design, or contributed ideas along the way: Chris Branch, Michelle and AJ Engebretson, Jay Kehne, Bob Pfeifer, Rose Piccinini, Adelle Waln, and Jordan Ryckman. We also thank WSDOT for their engagement in providing up to date information.

A diverse set of individuals and organizations support the work of the coalition to make this stretch of highway safer for people and wildlife. This Collaboration has helped raise awareness for the need of wildlife crossing structures, here and in other parts of the state.  Click here to see the support.

Want further information, to join local citizens working on this effort, and/or to show your support for a safer Highway 97?  Contact us at info@safepassage97.org