Construction of new wildlife crossing closes section of road in Cambridge

By Justine Fraser

Another wildlife crossing is underway near Barrie’s Lake that will disrupt traffic through the area.

The region has created some detours around Roseville Road in North Dumfries to accommodate traffic as it builds a tunnel under the road. It will close a section of that road from Whistle Bear Road to Bismark Drive for about 10 days.

The goal is to help animals, like turtles, get to and from the lake safely. The region said in a public notice online that they are adding protective measures for wildlife that include directional fencing and a tunnel with air holes under Roseville Road starting June 17.

Detours have been created that connect to Blair Road including Edworthy Side Road, Cedar Creek Road, St. Andrews Street, George Street S. as well as keeping Bismark Drive and Queensbrook Crescent accessible for through drivers.

It’s the third wildlife crossing the region has installed since 2018. The tunnel under the road gives species like Painted turtles, Blanding’s turtle, and Snapping turtles a chance to nest safely while reducing road mortalities.

The wildlife crossing is part of a turtle conservation project launched by rare Charitable Research Reserve in 2017. Last year rare release just over 1,800 turtle hatchlings and collected 93 nests. They are looking for nest protectors for the 2024 season.

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