Swallows nests gain reprieve at Billings underpass

By Bruce Deachman, Ottawa Sun, May 20, 2018

Barn swallows nesting under Billings Bridge, at Bank Street and Riverside Drive, will force work on a proposed pedestrian/cycling underpass at the high-traffic intersection to be postponed.

Construction on the $2-million project is now expected to start in September, when the birds, protected under the Species at Risk Act, retire to Central and South America for the winter. Under Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources regulations, barn swallow nests in the province can’t be moved between May 1 and Aug. 31.


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