New Tunnel in Cambridge

October 8, 2009 at 2:22 am Leave a comment

Well for turtles and snakes at least…

As part of the $4-million rebuilding and resurfacing of George Street and Blair Road this summer, an extra $2,200 culvert was installed just west of the Cambridge city limits. It opened for use by reptiles and amphibians a few weeks ago.

John Lee, project manager, and Chris Gosselin. manager of environmental planning for the region, (Left to Right) pose next to a tunnel under Blair Road, created to allow small mammals and reptiles to move across the road without being endangered by traffic.

John Lee, project manager, and Chris Gosselin. manager of environmental planning for the region, (Left to Right) pose next to a tunnel under Blair Road, created to allow small mammals and reptiles to move across the road without being endangered by traffic.

For about 10 metres on either side of the corrugated pipe is a wall of concrete retaining wall blocks, piled as much as one metre high to funnel animals toward a safe crossing. The money for the 18-metre long, 40-centimetre diameter steel culvert came from a $300,000 “environmental stewardship fund” (*Warning: pdf format*) created last year by regional council. It’s the first money spent from it.

There’s already an eco-tunnel under Can-Amera Parkway, near Townline Road, at the order of the Ministry of Natural Resources. It gives access across that four-lane road between areas of the protected Portuguese Swamp. The bridge carrying Westmount Road over Laurel Creek and a bridge along Laurelwood Drive in Waterloo both have wildlife crossing features.

Source: TheRecord.ca

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