Highways often divide the habitats and migratory routes for many species while posing a danger to animals that have to cross them.
The good news is that the construction of the world’s largest wildlife overpass will soon begin across a multi-lane highway at Liberty Canyon in the Santa Monica mountains.
According to EcoWatch, the 210-foot long, 165-foot wide “natural” bridge will allow animals like coyotes, mountain lions, snakes, and toads to safely cross the U.S. Highway 101 near Los Angeles.
The overpass will be surrounded by an acre of native plants, while sound walls covered with vegetation will be installed to shield nocturnal animals from noise and light.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing is planned for Earth Day on April 22.
The bridge is expected to be complete at the beginning of 2025.
Let’s hope that there will be more wildlife overpasses in the future, as we humans need to find ways to live together with wildlife.
To this end, the Biden administration’s infrastructure bill has $350 million set aside for underpasses, overpasses, and highway fences aimed at protecting wildlife.
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