Officials celebrate laying the foundation stone for Highway 101 Wildlife Crossing

Wallis Annenberg, president of the Annenberg Foundation, accompanied by her son, Gregory Annenberg, to the podium to celebrate Friday the start of construction of an $87 million wildlife bridge on Highway 101. With significant funding from the foundation, the crossing will bear its name.

A crowd of lots of celebrated Friday the launch of what was billed because the world’s largest city wildlife crossing, which can span a 10-lane freeway within the Agora Hills and will assist save an remoted mountain lion inhabitants from extinction.

Gavin Newsom joined native, state and federal lawmakers, wildlife biologists and others to rejoice the beginning of development of the $87 million Freeway 101 crossing, a harmful barrier to mountain lions, deer and different wildlife in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

“We did it!” Longtime advocate, Beth Pratt referred to as out to the group.

Pratt, the director of the California Nationwide Wildlife Federation, who led the fundraising effort, spoke from a platform surrounded by grass-covered hills and dashing freeway site visitors.

Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, shown in this artist's rendering, is decorated with native plants to look like a natural habitat.  The bridge will extend 210 feet over Highway 101 to give mountain lions, wolves, deer and other wildlife a safe path into the nearby Santa Monica Mountains.  It is expected to be completed by the fall of 2024.

“We’re honored to be right here and rejoice with all of you who’ve seen this unimaginable dream and as I mentioned…we is not going to permit these mountain lions to go extinct in our watch,” she mentioned.

The deliberate bridge web site close to Liberty Canyon is without doubt one of the few remaining locations within the space that comprises pure habitat on both aspect of the 101. The land at this web site is publicly owned and shielded from improvement.