- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - Wildlife officials say Boulder County probably won’t have to delay the multimillion-dollar replacement of a bridge near Longmont because of the presence of nesting bald eagles in the area, despite what local officials have said.

Boulder County Transportation director George Gerstle said Thursday it may be August or September before the eggs are hatched and construction can begin on the bridge, which was washed out in September’s floods. But U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say that under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, “the Service has the ability to issue … permits for projects where appropriate.”

Marla Trollan, assistant regional director for the service, tells the Longmont Times-Call (http://bit.ly/Nk9ZOM ) “it is highly probable that we would give them a permit and do it quickly.”

The East County Line Road bridge is south of Colo. Highway 119.


Information from: Daily Times-Call, http://timescall.com/