JFK Builds Turtle Barrier to Guard Runway

NEW YORK (AP) -

Officials are building a 4,000-foot-long barrier to protect a runway at Kennedy Airport from turtles.

The busy airport has been plagued in recent years by waves of diamondback terrapins that climb up out of Jamaica Bay looking for a place to nest.

During last year’s season, airport employees had to carry 1,300 turtles off the tarmac. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is hoping an 8-inch-wide barrier made of plastic piping will help keep the turtles off the runway this year.