THE Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda has announced that three new underpasses will be built on the N-420 road through the Cardeña-Montoro Natural Park, in Cordoba to protect the endangered Iberian Lynx.
The project, which also includes heightening the existing fences in the area to two metres, has been put out for public tender, and is open to submissions from February 12. The estimated value of the project is €1.13 million and will be carried out between kilometres 51 and 63 in Montoro.
It ill will be carried out in a location where the Lynx is at “maximum risk of being hit by vehicles”, as defined by a report from the then Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment dated October 2015.
Two and a half metres wide areas of woodland will be cleared on either side of the road along the 12 kilometres as a safety zone.
Retro-reflectors will be placed on the vertical signage as optical deterrents to alert animals of vehicle lights in the dark, and new signs will be put in place to warn drivers about lynx crossing.
The work is part of the ‘Life Lynx Connect’ Project, which tries to connect the two populations of this endangered species in Andalucia, from Doñana and the Eastern Sierra Morena area, where a male of the species was released by the Junta de Andalucia in December.
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