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Endangered Crayfish Delay Part Of Road Widening

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by Chris Conte

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - The endangered Nashville Crayfish which only call Mill Creel in Brentwood home is delaying a small piece of a road widening project in Brentwood meant to ease congestion on Concord Road.

"The reason it's on the endangered species list, it's not just because the crayfish is only found here, but because it also has the potential that if there was a problem in the watershed, a chemical release or toxic spill it could go the entire length of the stream and wipeout the species," explained Dennis Crumby who is a biologist for TDOT.

TDOT is adding an extra lane of traffic on Concord Road between Sunset Road and Nolensville Road, but because mating season for the crayfish runs from October through May they can't begin widening the bridge of Mill Creek until June 1.

"That's a long restriction, that's one of the longer restrictions that we have dealing with species," he added.

Crumby believes some 500 - 2,000 crayfish will have to be relocated before construction of the bridge can begin.

The project should be done in the next 24 - 30 months. 

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