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E-M:/ $500,000 fence planned to save our nesting turtles

Spring is the cruelest season for turtles that live in the Muskegon River marsh.

Driven by the need to breed, scores of turtles migrate across the marsh in search of nesting sites that are high and dry. That journey often leads to the highest spot in the sprawling river delta, a 11/2-mile section of U.S. 31 built atop levees that bisect the marsh.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what happens when turtles cross paths with vehicles traveling 70 mph or faster.