News Alert: San Bernardino 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 and City of Needles (Information):

San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino County, California includes ***

  • In Montclair, California: City of Montclair Sunset Park Beautification Project: 

City of Montclair Sunset Park Beautification Project: The Sunset Park Beautification project will enhance the entirety of the park which has some features on the north end but no infrastructure, shade, or landscaping on the south end. These improvements will include the construction of a concrete walking trail along the perimeter of the park, exercise stations, picnic tables, benches, water fountains, a bathroom, and drought-tolerant landscaping. Additionally, this project will develop the pilot of the San Antonio Creek Trail which was planned with the 2019 Caltrans Sustainable Community Planning Grant. The completed trail will ultimately span the length of the City.

  • In Needles, California: City of Needles Marina Park First Beach: 

The City of Needles’ Marina Park First Beach project will transform a makeshift local hangout by removing litter and debris and beautifying the area with public art and education features that mark the tribal and historical significance of our land. The project will revitalize an area with litter and unsavory activity into a destination with restrooms, native plants, a shaded recreation area and a walking trail lined with educational markers. Key project elements include a grassy knoll, shade trees, a walking path, a shaded play area, and shaded picnic tables and benches. The project will add garbage and recycling bins to reduce littering, and educational stones to celebrate Needles’ rich history.

  • In San Bernardino, California: City of San Bernardino 4th Street Alley Beautification Project: 

The City of San Bernardino, population 216,089, proposes to transform a 3,800 square foot blighted alley on 4th Street between D and E Street in the heart of the Historic Arts District of downtown. The 4th Street Alley Beautification project includes removing deteriorated ground asphalt, upgrading the existing irrigation system, adding two bike racks, adding outdoor lighting, installing dumpsters, enclosures and trash cans; constructing a 500 square foot stage, planting trees, shrubs, and a living garden wall, installing an automatic gate; installing six sets of outdoor-grade bench and table sets; designing and building a neon arched sign across the alley entrance; and painting wall murals by local artists. The City will complement the construction project with an educational and outreach program, providing opportunities to promote litter and graffiti abatement messages to transit riders, local businesses, non-profits, and social media followers of the City.

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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