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For the better part of the last century, the Santa Monica Mountains have been effectively cut off from the larger world, hemmed in by seawater and sprawl. Highway 101, carved across the range’s northern foothills, “has become this impenetrable wall for wildlife,” said Beth Pratt, California regional executive director for the National Wildlife Federation. “And both plants and animals need movement to be resilient and survive.”
This spring, Southern California construction crews are expected to break ground on a solution: A 200-foot long bridge, complete with light deflectors, noise suppressors and nursery-raised willow saplings. The wildlife crossing will be the biggest and most expensive of its kind, spanning ten lanes of snarling traffic and reconnecting a severed landscape.