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Work on freeway wildlife crossing going to mean lane closures on Highway 101 in the Conejo Valley

Lance Orozco
Initial work to build a wildlife crossing over Highway 101 in the Conejo Valley means some lane closures during the overnight hours.

Current work focused on overnight hours.

Work on what’s going to be the world’s largest wildlife highway overcrossing is going to mean some lane closures for Highway 101 in the Conejo Valley.

Next week, two lanes in each direction will be closed in the Liberty Canyon area during the overnight hours. The shutdowns will be in place from 10 p.m., until 5 a.m. the next morning. The Liberty Canyon on and offramps will also be closed intermittently during the day next week, and completely closed during the overnight areas.

The unique project calls for building a 200 foot long, 165 foot wide freeway overpass. It will be fully landscaped. The idea is to give mountain lions, bobcats, deer, and other wildlife safe passage between two key habitats currently separated by the freeway.

Construction of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing project is expected to take about three years.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.