RMS gives the bats at Berry a new home

Possums and other animals south of Berry will be getting new homes, courtesy of Roads and Maritime Services.

Possums and other animals south of Berry will be getting new homes, courtesy of Roads and Maritime Services.

The bats and birds south of Berry will be getting a new home, courtesy of Roads and Maritime Services.

On the night of December 5, RMS will be installing nesting boxes under existing bridges and culverts on the Princes Highway between Croziers Road and Jaspers Brush Road.

The move is part of the advance planning for the Berry to Bomaderry phase of the Princes Highway upgrade.

“The Berry to Bomaderry project team is working hard to minimise the impact of the upgrade on sensitive environmental communities as part of planning work to build a safer Princes Highway,” an RMS spokesman said.

“These boxes are generally installed early to provide alternative nesting and roosting places before work starts. 

“The work is part of Roads and Maritime Services commitment to minimising impact to the environment.”

In total around 80 microbat boxes and 50 nesting boxes for birds, possums and gliders will be installed on Monday night.

There will be changed traffic conditions to allow for the installation of the nesting boxes.

At 7.30pm one lane of the Princes Highway between Croziers Road and Jaspers Brush Road will be closed.

It will reopen at 5am on December 6.

People will still be able to drive through the work site under guidance of traffic controllers and a 40km/h speed limit will be in place.

During the installation there will be heavy vehicle movement and the use of machinery like portable generators and hand drills.

The RMS spokesman said efforts will be made to minimise the noise for residents in the area.

It’s not the first time RMS has thought of the animals during Princes Highway upgrades.

The Foxground and Berry Bypass project includes eight rope bridges and two underpasses built to allow fauna to safely cross the four-lane highway.

The rope bridges feature rope netting attached to two poles on either side of the highway at a height sufficient to allow vehicles to safely pass beneath them.

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