Transportation officials captured the first image Thursday of an animal using a new wildlife bridge near Snoqualmie Pass.

The Washington State Department of Transportation said in a tweet that a coyote safely crossed Interstate 90, “avoiding traffic, anvils, ACME rockets & roadrunners!”

The new animal overpass is part of a $551 million project to rebuild 15 miles of roadway east of Snoqualmie Pass.

The bridge offers animals a safe space to cross the interstate, linking the north and south sides of the road. It was designed to simulate a natural environment that allows animals to cross from one are to another. It has natural vegetation along with high walls to keep the animals from seeing traffic and headlights below.

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A rendering of the wildlife crossing being built just east of Snoqualmie Pass.
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WSDOT has said the bridge is a first-of-its-kind project to balance human transportation needs with wildlife habitat.

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