A GTA road will continue to be closed for the next few weeks and it’s because of the salamanders

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If you’re moving to the Richmond Hill area, your travel plans are about to get tricky, why do you ask? For the salamanders, of course.

York Region posted on Twitter on Monday that it would temporarily close parts of Stouffville Road to allow endangered Jefferson Salamanders to travel to breeding grounds.

The amphibians would have migrated during this time of year, especially during rainy nights.

Between Bayview Avenue and Leslie Street, Stouffville Road will experience “intermittent overnight closures” from March 25 to April 10 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., with signs posted to help guide affected motorists. However, local access will be maintained.

“Closures will only occur during rainfall events when most salamanders complete their migration,” an excerpt from read the report.

To be more specific, the section of Stouffville Road where the salamanders will make their journey is located within the Oak Ridges Moraine Natural Core Area.

“The natural habitat of Jefferson Salamanders requires many of the features found in some areas of the Oak Ridges Moraine and Niagara Escarpment, including undisturbed natural forests, rocky outcrops, wetlands, and ponds. “, adds the press release.

The solution is only a temporary fix, as York Region has also revealed that it plans to build a wildlife crossing in recognition of the area’s environmental significance.

As bizarre as it may sound, Richmond Hill is home to one of the few known populations of Jefferson salamanders. The creatures actually serve as an indicator of healthy forests and ecosystems in the community.

So if you’re in the area and you see a sign, go around it, please don’t just walk through.

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