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Aurora resident wants turtle crossing signs installed near Oberweis Dairy

NORTH AURORA – Jim Levey of Aurora would like motorists to be on alert for turtles trying to cross a busy portion of Randall Road near Oberweis Dairy in North Aurora.

Levey said he would like turtle crossing signs to be installed along that stretch of Randall Road.

“It’s busy there,” Levey said. “You have trucks and cars and everything. The poor animals don’t have a chance.”

In June, Levey said he saw remnants of 30 turtles that were hit as they tried to cross the road. There are wetlands on either side of the road, he said.

“I drive the road every day,” Levey said. “They go back and forth between the wetlands.”

High curbs also pose an obstacle to the turtles.

“There are so many curbs that the turtles can’t cross,” Levey said. “They end up falling into a sewer.”

He rescues turtles he finds in harm’s way.

“A couple of years ago, I found a Blanding’s turtle and took it to Cosley Zoo in Wheaton,” Levey said. “They are using it for a breeding program.”

Levey said he has approached North Aurora Public Works Superintendent Mike Glock about turtle crossing signs being installed along that stretch of Randall Road. Glock told him the request would have to be approved by the North Aurora Village Board.

North Aurora Village President Dale Berman said Levey would be welcome to address the board with his idea. At the same time, he wasn’t sure why one group of animals should be given preferential treatment over another group of animals.

“What about snakes or raccoons?” Berman said. “There could be all kinds of signs put up.”

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