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General News · 12th May 2022
Kate Maddigan
A big thanks to Main Road and its local crew for keeping our roads maintained and safe for all who use them.

The specific timing of road maintenance activities can help protect nesting birds and migrating newts every year, as these and other island critters are quite vulnerable along roads during periods of their life cycles.

In particular, brushing activities should be avoided along our roadsides between the nesting period of late March and mid-August, as this helps protect birds and their young, especially for those nesting in lower-hanging branches and bushes.

Also the timing of road sweeping can greatly reduce the mortality of the rough-skinned newt during their migration across our roads. These amphibians are active on our roads during March and April, as well as October and November. If sweeping during these months cannot be avoided, restricting road sweeping at certain sections of known newt crossings on Cortes can help a lot.

Finally, notifying the community of local road works in advance by email or using the online Cortes Tideline helps residents keep informed of Main Roads activities and is also greatly appreciated.