A tunnel for turtles

, Posted: Wed, June 11 2014 at 11:38 AM, Updated: Wed, June 11 2014 at 3:39 PM

Washington County, Minn. --- (KARE)  Minnesota's first tunnel designed specifically for migrating turtles is being installed on a rural road near Big Marine Lake in Washington County.

The special culvert system, imported from Germany, may become a prototype used by highway planners and natural resource managers throughout the state if the experiment saves lives of the roaming reptiles.

"The tunnel presents an option for that turtle to cross the road safely, but we're also hoping it solves a traffic hazard as well," says Peter Mott, Washington County Parks Department planning director.  "We always see people stopping along this busy road, especially this time of year, jumping out of their cars and trying to assist these turtles across the road."

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