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Breeding amphibians close River Road in Middle Smithfield Twp.

MIDDLE SMITHFIELD TWP., Pa. - The National Park Service will be closing River Road in Middle Smithfield Township to protect breeding amphibians over the next few weeks. 

The park service says the closures will be contingent on the weather and may come earlier since the region experienced a relatively mild winter. The road will be closed when the weather calls for evening rain with mild temperatures, such as in the 50s, from around 4 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. 

River Road, between park headquarters and Hialeah Picnic Area, is closed each year by the National Park Service to protect the migrating amphibians. It allows the amphibians to crawl or hop from distances of a few hundred feet or more to breeding pools without the risk of being crushed by vehicles. 

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