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It’s a highway that moves more than 300,000 cars from one side of Los Angeles to the other side of the city. It’s known as the highway from hell because of its massive amount of traffic every day.

Now, local authorities are doing what they can to connect the vibrant natural ecosystem of coastal scrub and oak trees separated by the highway. The massive infrastructure project hopes to connect the different areas where wildlife still roams free with one another.

The Washington Post reports that the bridge will be the largest of its kind in the world, spanning the highway at roughly the size of a football field, and it will reconnect the undeveloped sections of the Santa Monica Mountains with those of the Simi Hills.

There are a large number of struggling species that will be able to avoid being killed by oncoming traffic when they’re trying to cross the highway with the hope of reaching the other side.

Scientists believe that the mountain lion might go extinct if the bridge isn’t constructed.

The structure, known as the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing is believed to cost around $100 million and is expected to open in early 2026.

Image credit: The Independent

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