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Endangered bat could delay Iowa interstate project

The Associated Press

3/5/2013

DES MOINES, Iowa — An endangered bat could delay work on an Interstate 80 interchange that business and civic leaders hope will bring more businesses and jobs to Waukee and West Des Moines.

A lone female Indiana bat was found just over a mile from the $31 million proposed Interstate 80 interchange south of Waukee. The bat is considered endangered by state and federal agencies.

Federal officials have asked for a study to determine whether the Indiana bat population would be harmed by the interchange construction.

The Des Moines Register reports that (http://dmreg.co/13E0LCs ) the discovery of the bat won't kill plans for the interchange, but it comes as the cities were preparing to start working on a final design. Officials want to have the construction begin later this year.

 

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