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Nesting eagles complicate bridge plan

UTICA, Ind. – An Indiana agency building a new Ohio River bridge is facing restrictions intended to protect a pair of bald eagles nesting near the construction site.

The permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife includes five pages of mandatory conditions aimed at reducing noise and other activities within 660 feet of the eagles’ nest.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky. reports ( that the permit includes a ban on slamming pickup truck tailgates, loud radios, shouting and singing.

Federal biologists believe the precautions during construction of the bridge between Prospect, Ky., and Utica, Ind., will prevent the eagles from abandoning their nest and any eggs or young inside it.

The nest is high in a backyard tree on private property in an area near the Ohio River in northeast Louisville.