Rare plant believed to be found in Doyle Drive construction site

Crews working on the Doyle Drive rebuild may have uncovered an extremely rare plant within the construction site, but the unforeseen discovery isn’t expected to delay the schedule of the $1 billion project. 

Botanists are still trying to confirm the discovery of a Franciscan Manzanita plant, which was presumed to be extinct in the area after not being seen in the wild for decades, according to Molly Graham, spokeswoman for the Doyle Drive project.

For the protection of the plant, Graham could not reveal where it was discovered, but she said that specialists had transported the species and were in the midst of determining if it was an actual Franciscan Manzanita.

Officials involved in the project, which is being jointly led by Caltrans and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, said the discovery will not slow down plans for the rebuild, which is expected to be completely finished by 2013.

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