by Chris Mcmillan, CD 98.9 Simcoe It’s been a long time coming, but construction on three ecopassages under the Long Point Causeway has begun. The first shovel went into the ground earlier this week and the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project Coordinator, Rick Levick tells CD989 he expects a majority of the project to be completed by the end of December. The three Eco-Passages are being installed to allow turtles, snakes, frogs and other wildlife to avoid the dangers of the roadway. Something Levick is looking forward too. “It’s great to have construction finally underway but I’ll have to wait[…]
Port Rowan Good News, Nov. 2012 After hearing deputations from Causeway Improvement Committee (CIP) Coordinator Rick Levick and Stu Ross of the Friends of the Causeway (FOCAS) , Norfolk Council approved $58,000 in funding towards the cost of installing three ecopassages under the County-owned Causeway Road at Long Point. CIP deputation CIP Coordinator Rick Levick addressed Norfolk Council on October 2 in support of the County staff recommendation to approve $58k for the installation of three ecopassages under the Causeway Road this fall. Levick cited the tight timeline for installing the ecopassages before winter frost stops the work and that[…]
The following is the text of a deputation made to Norfolk County Council by Rick Levick, coordinator of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project, in support of a staff report recommending approval of the construction contract for the three proposed ecopassages and a $58,000 contribution by the County to the project. These recommendations were approved unanimously by the eight Councillors at the meeting. The $238,000 construction contract was awarded to Anders Contracting of Waterford Mr. Chairman and members of Council Thank you for this opportunity to speak in support of the staff report about awarding the construction contract for the[…]
County helps cover costs of eco-passages By Daniel R. Pearce, Simcoe Reformer Wednesday, October 3, 2012
By Daniel R. Pearce, Simcoe Reformer Wednesday, October 3, 2012 The underground eco-passages that will provide a safe route for endangered species of turtles and snakes to pass underneath the Long Point causeway will cost town hall $60,000. The community group heading up the project has said for the past six years it could fundraise all the money needed — roughly $900,000. But the approval process for the concrete culverts that will run between the marsh and the inner bay cost more than expected, councillors were told Tuesday night before they agreed to help fund the project. The catch is[…]
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[…]
August 21, 2012 by Crystal Robertson, Adopt-A-Pond Staff, Toronto Zoo Biologists in the cottage community of Long Point, Ontario are excited for a long term solution to high numbers of wildlife road mortality. The peninsula of Long Point is attached to the mainland by a narrow causeway. Designed in 1927 this stretch of roadway originally bisected the Big Creek Marsh with a series of bridges between existing sandbars. As time went on the bridges were removed and a solid roadbed was put in its place, leaving only one bridge for the outlet of Big Creek. As part of the Long[…]
CD 98.9-FM 17 Aug 2012 by John Crawford If they could, frogs, snakes, turtles and others would thank us. Norfolk county has been given the go ahead to construction three Eco Passages under the Long Point Causeway, something that will allow smaller animals to avoid the dangers of the roadway and pass safely undernearth. The Environment Ministry has approved the move. The county’s hoping to start the estimated 585-thousand dollars worth of work in October. There’s already fencing in place to keep wildlife away from the road.
By Daniel R. Pearce, Simcoe Reformer Thursday, August 16, 2012 6:35:54 EDT PM LONG POINT – Construction will start this fall on three underground passageways that will take frogs, snakes, and turtles safely underneath the Long Point Causeway. The approval, given recently by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, marks another step in the transformation of the long narrow road between the mainland and the summer resort from a killing ground for endangered species to a non-factor in their existence. Environmentalists have become increasingly concerned in recent years about the number of animals, especially certain types of turtles, lost on[…]
Port Rowan, Aug. 16, 2012 — Norfolk Country has received approval from Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment (MOE) to install the three proposed ecopassages under the Long Point Causeway. The ecopassages will allow turtles, snakes, frogs and other animals to pass safely under the roadway. One of the passages will also restore a water connection between the Big Creek Marsh and Long Point Bay. The County undertook the environmental assessment (EA) at the request of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project (LPCIP) that has raised the funding required for the EA process and other approvals and the design, engineering and[…]
By John Crawford, CD 98.9 News Shell Canada is donating 10-thousand dollars toward the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project. It’s supporting plans to install three eco-passages on the Causeway. They’re specially-designed culverts allowing turtles, snakes, frogs and small mammals to pass safely under the roadway–which is one of the worst for reptile road-deaths in North America. Project officials are working with Norfolk County to complete an environmental assessment, ahead of construction later this year.