Wildlife bridge discussion at open house

Members of the public are invited to drop by Mon., June 25 between 4 and 7 p.m. for an informal open house about the proposed 101 Freeway wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon in Agoura Hills.

Representatives will answer questions about the project, the newly finalized environmental assessment and how to coexist with area wildlife.

Early plans call for a 165-foot-wide by 200-foot-long vegetated bridge across U.S. Highway 101 with an extension over Agoura Road, a city street that runs parallel to the freeway on the south side.

The open house will take place at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Interagency Visitor Center (King Gillette Ranch) 26876 Mulholland Hwy., in Calabasas.

At the meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to meet and chat with the project’s partners:

Caltrans, National Park Service, National Wildlife Federation, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

Caltrans, which gave approval to preliminary plans on May 2, expects the design phase to be completed in two years followed by construction possibly starting in late 2020, depending on funding availability.

The bridge is expected to cost about $60 million and will be paid for through a combination of private donations and taxpayer dollars.

Similar wildlife bridges have been constructed in other states and countries. The Liberty Canyon wildlife crossing would be the first of its kind in California and the largest in the western United States.

Acorn staff report