Nesting Birds Costing Millions in Bridge Removal

Updated: Apr 5, 2018

Construction of a $70 million Bay Bridge upgrade was put on hold recently because a hummingbird nest was found on the bridge, and hummingbirds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

“A single hummingbird nest with an egg is going to cost us a couple of weeks,” said Randy Rentschler of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission said.

“In all cases on major construction projects you can find a species of something that’s protected by somebody, the feds or the state,” the commission official added.

The removal of the old San Francisco Bay Bridge has been slowed considerably by laws protecting nesting birds and fish, and “that has cost tens of millions of dollars,” Mr. Rentschler said. (Sources: San Francisco Chronicle, February 1; KPIX-TV, January 30.)

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