02 Oct 2012
by Aaron Gautreau
Construction will begin in mid-November on three eco-passages under the Long Point Causeway, allowing smaller animals to avoid the dangers of the roadway. That, in part, is thanks to Norfolk Council who approved 60-thousand dollars from their budget to help with the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project shortfall in funds.
LPCIP currently has spent upwards of 200-thousand dollars in required studies from the province, something they or Council didn’t foresee.
Co-ordinator for LPCIP, Rick Levick says he’s grateful.
“The costs of getting the all of the approvals just kept climbing. As I watched the budget, I felt like a turtle that’s half way across the Causeway — I can’t go back, I can’t stay here so I’ve just got to keep going forward.”
Levick calls the project “a whole new science” saying there’s only a few examples of this happening in Canada, let alone the world.
The cost of the project is estimated at 443-thousand dollars, however, the group funded 385-thousand dollars themselves.