An open house and information session has been set for Sunday, April 16 for the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing.
The crossing, currently under construction at the 101 Freeway and Liberty Canyon off ramp in Agoura, is designed to help local wildlife, most specifically mountain lions, safely cross the freeway.
The bridge will soar over the 10 lanes of the freeway, allowing deer, coyotes, mountain lions and other animals to cross the freeway unharmed by vehicles.
The crossing is a public-private partnership between Caltrans, the National Park Service, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy/Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority, Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains and the National Wildlife Federation.
The impetus for the bridge was the number of mountain lions, or cougars, that have been killed crossing the 101 and 405 freeways, In part it was inspired by Los Angeles’ famous mountain lion, P-22, who roamed Griffith Park as a symbol of human-wildlife coexistence.
Construction officially began in September 2022. When completed at a cost of $85 million, the crossing will stretch 210 feet across the freeway, making it the largest crossing of its kind in the world.
The Wildlife Crossing open house will be held at the Adobe Cantina at 29100 Agoura Road in Agoura Hills, just adjacent to the construction site. It will be held from 2 to 4 pm.
For more information on the crossing, visit 101wildlifecrossing.org.