California to build world’s largest wildlife crossing
California will get what is thought to be the largest wildlife crossing in the world.
The crossing will be mostly privately funded and based over U.S. 101 in Southern California.
It will stretch 200 feet (61 meters) above 10 lanes of highway.
Beth Pratt of the National Wildlife Federation told The Associated Press:
“When the freeway went in, it cut off an ecosystem. We're just now seeing impacts of that.”
It is hoped the plans will help mountain lions in the region to find mates.
“They can't get out of here to get dates, and cats can't get in to get dates. ... For those of us in L.A., having a romance prospect quashed by traffic is something we can all relate to!”
The $87 million bridge should be completed in the next five years.