New Maine road designed with wildlife in mind

Posted Dec. 15, 2008, at 11:13 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Engineers had more than just motorists in mind when they designed a new bypass road in Gorham.

They were also thinking of the well-being of deer, turtles, raccoons and other wildlife — even salamanders — when they planned the 3.4-mile road, which opened this month.

The roadway includes special features that allow animals to get from one side of the road to the other without jeopardizing their lives or the safety of drivers.

Culverts that let water flow under the road are oversized so they can also acts as wildlife tunnels, and a pair of bridge spans were built extra wide to allow deer, moose and other animals to cross.

Fences and vegetation were then put in strategic places to help direct the animals to those crossings.

More than 7,000 vehicles daily are expected to use the road, which diverts traffic around the Gorham town center.

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