Caltrans Unveils Interactive Map Showcasing Over 300 Clean California Projects Reshaping Communities Statewide

Press release from Caltrans:

clean california logoJust ahead of national infrastructure week, Caltrans [May 9th,] launched a new interactive map that spotlights hundreds of beautification projects funded by Clean California. The geographic information system (GIS) mapping tool offers users location-specific, multilayered data that demonstrates the transformative impact these community-focused improvements and infrastructure investments are making throughout the state.

The map lists 319 projects statewide, powered by $643 million in funding from Clean California, Governor Gavin Newsom’s sweeping $1.2 billion multiyear effort led by Caltrans to clean up, reclaim, transform and beautify public spaces statewide. Nearly all projects benefit underserved communities.

“Clean California projects are boosting community pride and making hundreds of neighborhoods safer, cleaner and healthier places to live,” said Caltrans Director Tony Tavares. “This new digital application gives Californians a comprehensive list of beautification sites across the state and where their important infrastructure dollars are being invested.”

Using the new GIS mapping tool, users can search projects by county, city, zip code or address to locate completed or active Clean California projects in their area. The projects are color-coded based on project type, such as local grant projects, beautification projects, or local transit partnership projects. Each entry also includes a detailed project description, cost and government agency responsible for leading the effort.

Screenshot of Clean California mapping tool.

Screenshot of Clean California mapping tool.

Clean California funds infrastructure projects in the following three categories:

Local Grant Projects (147 total): These diverse, community-based projects are led by local governments, tribes, and transit agencies that focus on beautification, community clean-up and enhancing shared spaces. Supported activities include graffiti removal, illegal dumping prevention, and the installation of trash cans to improve parks, streetscapes and other public areas. Local project partners often contribute a portion of the overall budget.

State Beautification Projects (153): Led by Caltrans, these projects are designed to improve aesthetic appeal, public safety and environmental quality of public spaces and roadsides on the state highway system. Elements include gateway monuments, landscaping upgrades, new fencing and lighting fixtures, public art and mural installations, and updated signage.

Local Transit Partnership Projects (19): These projects represent collaborations with local transit agencies to enhance public transit infrastructure, prioritize features that improve travel for people who walk and bike, promote equity and community usership, and implement sustainable practices.

For a short video demonstrating the GIS mapping tool click here:

Since launching Clean California in July 2021, Caltrans and its local partners have picked up more than 2.3 million cubic yards of litter – enough to fill about 700 Olympic-size swimming pools. This represents a substantial increase compared to the department’s previous trash collection efforts and can largely be attributed to Clean California, along with other Caltrans litter removal efforts. Caltrans has hosted more than 500 free dump days in communities throughout the state – resulting in the collection of 12,000-plus mattresses and nearly 50,000 tires. The initiative has drawn more than 10,000 community clean-up volunteers and created 15,000 jobs, including positions for individuals who were formerly incarcerated, on probation, or experiencing housing insecurity.

For more information, visit CleanCA.com.

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

Join the discussion! For rules visit: https://kymkemp.com/commenting-rules

Comments system how-to: https://wpdiscuz.com/community/postid/10599/

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

13 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Espino
Guest
Espino
2 months ago

Blowing their own horn because they’re taking out the trash. This from an “organization” that’s 50 plus percent over staffed.

Truth Be Told
Member
Truth Be Told
2 months ago
Reply to  Espino

The “Clean California” program is an expensive joke that provides a nice living for program managers and press release writers.

Bozo
Guest
Bozo
2 months ago
Reply to  Truth Be Told

Better add in ‘Flag Makers’, ‘Road-sign Painters’,’Lights to Nowhere’, and Crosswalk Painters.

Mr. Clark
Member
Mr. Clark
2 months ago

All we got was some new parking and lots of painted murals. Take a look at other work in the state. Who decided for us, to just do paintwork here?

Booneville got a running track and soccer field.

I like stars
Guest
I like stars
2 months ago

Fix the fucking roads. Inmate work crews can pick up litter.

How much money did they spend on the interactive map?

Last edited 2 months ago
Ernie Branscomb
Guest
Ernie Branscomb
2 months ago
Reply to  I like stars

I agree, but common sense doesn’t seem to apply to our government leaders. They think their job is to spend money, they are a little fuzzy on where the money is needed.

Truth Be Told
Member
Truth Be Told
2 months ago
Reply to  I like stars

There are far fewer inmate work crews as a result of redefining what constitutes a crime; early release; and forcing counties to house criminals (for up to 10 years) that use to go to State prison among other things.

Thatguyinarcata
Guest
Thatguyinarcata
2 months ago
Reply to  Truth Be Told

California still has a massive prison population. The reforms were made in an effort to get the prison population down from 200% occupancy. We’re still well over 100% occupied in state prisons.

Also, counties don’t hold people for up to 10 years. It went from 1 to 2 years.

D'Tucker Jebs
Member
2 months ago

There you go again with your facts.
The comment section here is where people come to complain,
and the fewer facts we have to worry about, the easier it is to gripe.

Didn’t you notice how, in an article about cleaning up garbage and making our towns more beautiful and livable places, every other comment here is complaining about how terrible this is?
Get with the program!

Mr. Clark
Member
Mr. Clark
2 months ago

I say 300% is a goal we should shoot for.

anonymous
Guest
anonymous
2 months ago
farfromputin
Member
farfromputin
2 months ago

Our church has been picking up trash forty plus years in front of Cal Poly University north to Guintoli Lane. Got three honks from bikers Saturday. 10,000 volunteers throughout California. Climb aboard!

Friday
Member
Friday
2 months ago

This is a complete waste of our tax dollars. Putting fancy streetlights in a community does NOT remake the community.
To be fair, though, this is not Caltrans’ fault. They are given their marching orders (and told how to spend the money) from the governor’s office, and the political appointees on the Transportation Commission.