- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Birds are to blame for the latest construction delay on the Theodore Street bridge on Route 60 in Moreno Valley.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports (https://bit.ly/1ct0JUC ) that after discovering a bird’s nest, Caltrans halted the $2 million project which will make repairs to the overpass that has been shut since January.

Caltrans biologist Mario Mariotta says the bird’s nest was removed Monday as construction crews began preliminary work on the bridge. Then, a new nest with an egg from a house finch was discovered on the westbound side of the bridge.

Under state and federal guidelines, Caltrans cannot interfere with migratory birds’ nests.

Mariotta says the birds lay three to five eggs, which Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga says will mean another six-to-eight-week delay.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, https://www.pe.com

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