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To save a little humming bird, US delays bridge project for weeks


This is a good news for bird lovers.

Authorities in San Francisco have stopped the upgradation of a bridge after they noticed a protected bird hatching eggs in its nest on a tree that came on its way.

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Media reports said the government planned to upgrade $ 70 million Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, some 50 km from San Francisco—13th most populous city in the United States—for which it required to cut 24 trees coming on its way.

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However, just when the construction workers started cutting trees, they came across a tree having nest of a humming bird with eggs and hurriedly stopped works.

Now the construction works will start only after a fortnight when the baby birds come out of these eggs though the delay in project is set to cost the construction company several hundred dollars.

Authorities say the completion of the project will enable bike riders to get across in both directions and a third traffic lane on the lower deck will ease congestion for drivers heading eastbound.

“A single Hummingbird nest with an egg is going to cost us a couple of weeks,” a spokesperson of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission Randy Rentschler was quoted as saying in the local media.

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