State gets rid of RV park plans near I-90 wildlife crossings

SEATTLE (AP) — The state Parks Department has scrapped plans to offer its Crystal Springs property for private development after state and federal agencies argued it would impact the success of wildlife crossings along Interstate 90.

The Seattle Times reports that plans for the parking lot site included turning it into an RV park or lodge. Spokeswoman Virginia Painter says the department is no longer moving forward with its development plans.

The Crystal Springs site is located near several wildlife crossings and a $6 million bridge for the animals.

State and federal agencies and conservation groups opposed the development, saying increased human activity wouldn't be compatible with the crossings project.

The state transportation department has more than 20 wildlife crossings planned as part of its I-90 widening project between Hyak and Easton.