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US city closing road nightly to save salamanders

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN (AP) – An Upper Peninsula city is closing a portion of a road to vehicular traffic every night to protect migrating salamanders.

The city of Marquette is closing a portion of Peter White Drive in Presque Isle Park from 8pm to 8am daily until April 15 or until the migration is completed, the city announced. The closures began last Monday.

Road barricades will be placed and removed daily to prevent vehicular traffic in the migration area. Only foot traffic is permitted in the area.

“Protecting the blue-spotted salamanders’ migration is vital, as they are an indicator species, informing us about the health of our environment,” a special projects coordinator and education specialist for the Superior Watershed Partnership Kathleen Henry, told The Mining Journal in an email.