The Coalition

Safety, Transportation, Environment, Equity, and Resiliency on I-90.

The STEER I-90 Coalition is comprised of stakeholders from a range of organizations engaged in improving the I-90 corridor from Cle Elum to Easton, Washington.

The state’s critical east-west corridor connects Puget Sound’s deep-water ports, large population centers, and retail and service businesses with educational, agricultural and recreational areas in central and eastern Washington. As well, I-90 provides emergency access for wildfire crews and medical services, which are virtually unavailable between North Bend and Ellensburg.

However, the 42-mile stretch of Interstate 90 between the summit of Snoqualmie Pass and the Indian John Hill rest area east of Cle Elum has been labeled the I-90 Danger Zone due to the number of motor vehicle collisions and fatalities. The section extends from I-90 milepost 47, just west of the Kittitas County line, to milepost 89 outside Cle Elum. Unfortunately, current improvement projects along I-90 are located elsewhere and do not include the funding desperately needed between Easton and Cle Elum.

The goal and purpose of the STEER I-90 coalition is to prevent traffic accidents and congestion in the I-90 Danger Zone permanently.

A view of traffic taken from the overpass of I-90 Exit 84A in Cle Elum on August 15, 2021.

In 2018, a four-day closure of Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass cost the state 170 jobs and the loss of $27.9 million in economic output, $1.42 million in state revenue, and $8.6 million in personal income, according to a Washington state Department of Transportation study.

Kittitas County, WA Board of County Commissioners

Our Membership:

We’re proud to collaborate with stakeholders from a wide range of organizations.

  • Federal Agencies
  • State Agencies
  • Regional Transportation Organizations
  • Neighboring Local Governments
  • Tribal Entities
  • Private Entities
  • Community Organizations

Coalition Objectives:

We’re working together to ensure a safer future for communities surrounding the I-90 corridor.

  • Widen the corridor of I-90 between Cle Elum and Easton, WA. to three lanes on each side.
  • Expand economic access to neighboring communities year round.
  • Improve connectivity between rural communities and major cities like Seattle.

Regional Goals

We’re proud to collaborate with stakeholders from a wide range of organizations.

  • Ensure economic resiliency and development.
  • Promote equity in the overwhelmingly rural communities surrounding the I-90 corridor.
  • Improve public safety and traffic congestion.
  • Increase reliable freight movement year-round.
  • Boost quality of life.

Learn More:

Background – Want to know more about the STEER I-90 Coalition project or want to share information with your contacts? Download the STEER I-90 Briefing sheet.

Show your support – Add your name to our “I Support I-90” list here. We will use the list to show the broad regional support for the project. You can also download a sample letter of support. We encourage you to personal the areas marked in yellow. 

Coalition Member Sign-up – Want to participate in our upcoming meetings? Sign up here and add the Zoom meeting details to your calendar for updates.