Bald eagle nest could halt Route 1 bypass project

The Associated Press
Posted Dec. 02, 2010, at 7:11 a.m.

EDGECOMB, Maine — An apparently unused bald eagle’s nest is threatening to derail a Maine highway project that has been planned for more than 50 years.

The nest was discovered in a tree in Edgecomb in the middle of the proposed path for a U.S. Route 1 bypass near Wiscasset.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had approved the route, until after the discovery of the nest. in a tree near a Maine Department of Transportation maintenance lot. Now the future of the project is in doubt.

The Portland Press Herald says biologists think the nest is new this year and it was not used to raise young eagles.

Federal law requires a 660-foot buffer around eagle nests.

The bypass was conceived in 1958. No date had been set to begin construction.

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