How Did the Turtle Cross the Road?

The question isn’t why the turtle crossed the road, but how. At the Rivergate Industrial District in North Portland, the Port of Portland built an undercrossing beneath a busy stretch of road to help western painted turtles move between wetland areas without having to compete with car, truck and train traffic.

Although the tunnel was put in place specifically to help protect the turtles, a motion-controlled, infrared camera has captured rodents, raccoons, coyotes, beaver and wood ducks accessing the undercrossing. This project won the 2008 American Association of Port Authorities award for Environmental Enhancement.

Carrie Butler, Mitigation Site Specialist, 503.415.6319

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