News Alert: Riverside County, CA: Caltrans District 8 announces several projects in underserved communities receiving part of the nearly $300 Million in Clean California Grants.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Sources: Caltrans District 8 (Information):

Riverside County, California: Caltrans District 8 has announced that several projects in underserved communities in the county will be receiving part of the nearly $300 million in Clean California Grants.

According to Caltrans District 8, following California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement this week of $296 million in Clean California grants to underserved communities throughout the state, Caltrans will locally fund several projects in Riverside County to remove trash, create jobs and engage communities to transform public spaces.

The grants are part of Governor Newsom’s Clean California initiative, a sweeping $1.1 billion, multiyear clean-up effort led by Caltrans to remove trash, create thousands of jobs and engage communities to transform public spaces.

According to Caltrans District 8 Director Michael Beauchamp, “District 8 congratulates the recipients of the Clean California Local Grant Program! We are eager to work with our local grant recipients to facilitate the successful delivery of each Clean California project.

The projects include a wide range of community enhancements for cities, counties, transit agencies and tribal governments to beautify public spaces, such as litter removal, landscaping and art installations, walking and bike paths, and other complete streets features that enhance safety and access to transportation.

The grants will generate 3,600 jobs statewide, and recipients must complete their projects by June 30, 2024.

The Governor’s California Blueprint proposes an additional $100 million to fund another round of Clean California local projects.

*** Projects being funded in Riverside County, California includes ***

  • In Blythe, California: City of Blythe Beautify Blythe:

The City of Blythe in partnership with the Palo Verde Valley Transit Authority (PVVTA), proposes Beautify Blythe, which seeks funding to improve the existing conditions of several key city & transit facilities and bus stops across three underserved census tracts. The proposal includes a decorative wall, perimeter solar lighting, and public access restroom at the City of Blythe’s Public Works Yard & CNG Station (Census Tract 0462.00); landscaping access, walking paths, retrofitted solar lighting fixtures at Miller Park (Census Tract 0462.00); an outdoor public space for community engagement, installing iron fencing, decorative security fencing, and solar lighting at the PVVTA Operations Facility and Main Street Park n’ Ride facility (Census Tract 0461.02), and ADA accessible bus stop shelters with trash receptacles (Census Tracts 0462.00, 0461.02, and 0470.00). In addition, the project includes community engagement with mailers, clean-up events, social media, and ribbon-cutting events at the three project locations.

  • In Corona, California: City of Corona Green Alleys:

The project proposes to revitalize the alley network throughout the core of Corona. The aims of the project include improved low-stress pathways for pedestrian travel, the thoroughfares will be cleaned, solar lighting from dusk to dawn will be implemented, the pavement in the alleys will be improved by installing porous pavement, and the porous or the permeable pavement will be utilized to capture storm water.

  • In Indio, California: City of Indio Jackson Street Project: 

The Jackson Street Corridor Project will beautify approximately 0.75-miles of Jackson Street, in the City of Indio, between Kenner Avenue and Avenue 45, transforming a series of commercial strip malls and vacant lots into an area that is welcoming and encourages pedestrians and cyclists to use the sidewalks and a Class II bike lane. Project elements include: 1) Creating and installing artistic shade elements; 2) Planting shade producing and drought tolerant trees; 3) Installing Big Belly trash receptacles that are artistically wrapped; 4) Constructing 6,000 SF of new ADA compliant sidewalk, replacing 36,000 SF of sidewalk and removing trip hazards and obstacles; 5) Hosting community cleanup events; and 6) Working with artists and students to create public art elements.

  • In Perris, California: City of Perris Copper Creek Park Renovation Project:

The project will improve Copper Creek Park in an underserved community in the City of Perris with beautification upgrades and litter abatement. The project will install a new DG walking path, all-inclusive playground area, bioswales, butterfly garden with educational signage, walkway lights, public art pieces representing the history and culture of the community, anti-litter signs, trash receptacles, concrete walking path, picnic tables, benches, barrier fence, and trees. Project will upgrade existing irrigation to improve efficiency, renovate landscape with drought tolerant plants, and fill in the existing v-ditch and underground drainage. In addition to physical improvements, project proposes to launch a monthly “Keep Your Park Beautiful” campaign on social media and host annual community cleanup events at the park.

  • In Coachella Valley, California: Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) Coachella Valley Community Connectors: 

Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) Coachella Valley Community Connectors: The Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) in partnership with the City of Coachella and the City of Cathedral City, seeks funding for the Coachella Valley Community Connectors project. This project will make much needed improvements along two community connectors in disadvantaged communities to the Coachella Valley Link (CV Link), a regional multi-modal transportation project. The proposed project will make enhancements that include landscaping, installation of benches and trash receptacles, and planting of shade trees. The community connectors in the cities of Coachella and Cathedral City will also help improve access from two recently state-funded park projects to the CV Link.

  • In Riverside, California: Riverside University Health System-Public Health: 

This proposal will address infrastructure and non-infrastructure needs in one of the most disadvantaged unincorporated communities in Riverside County: Oasis. The infrastructure components would connect three mobile home parks to a recreational park, local market, and community clinic. Improvements will include improving pedestrian pathways and crossings, native tree and pollinator garden landscaping, and community amenities including functional public art, shade structures, benches, and tables. Non-infrastructure components will help enhance a sense of community, including the following elements: safe routes to destinations, informative programs, litter abatement and conservation programs, ecological programming, and public artmaking. These components will improve the social determinants of health and address prevailing inequities in the community of Oasis. A strong network of county agencies, community-based organizations, and community leaders will work to make Oasis a place to live with greater dignity. The main beneficiaries of this project will be residents, farmworkers, tribal members, and students.

According to Caltrans District 8, the projects announced this week are in addition to the $312 million for 126 beautification projects along the state highway system that were announced last month.

Since launching Clean California in July, Caltrans has removed nearly 7,400 tons of litter from the state highway system – enough to fill 134 Olympic-size swimming pools – and hired 623 new team members as part of Clean California, including 498 maintenance workers who collect litter and remove graffiti.

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