By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: Caltrans District 8 (Information):
Riverside County, CA: Caltrans District 8 announced that several projects in underserved communities across the county will receive a portion of 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 across the state, Caltrans will locally fund several projects in the Riverside County to eliminate waste, create jobs and engage communities to transform public spaces. .
The grants are part of Governor Newsom’s Clean California Initiative, a multi-year, $1.1 billion cleanup effort led by Caltrans to eliminate waste, create thousands of jobs and engage communities to transform public spaces.
According to Caltrans District 8 Manager Michael Beauchamp, “District 8 Congratulates Clean California Local Grant Recipients! We look forward to working with our local grant recipients to facilitate the successful delivery of each Clean California project.”
Projects include a wide range of community improvements for cities, counties, transit agencies and tribal governments to beautify public spaces, such as litter removal, landscaping and facilities art, walking and biking trails, and other complete street features that improve safety and transportation access.
The grants will generate 3,600 jobs statewide and recipients must complete their projects by June 30, 2024.
The governor’s blueprint for California proposes an additional $100 million to fund another round of local clean California projects.
***Funded projects in Riverside County, CA include***
- In Blythe, CA: Town of Blythe Beautify Blythe:
The City of Blythe, in partnership with the Palo Verde Valley Transit Authority (PVVTA), is proposing Beautify Blythe, which is seeking funding to improve the existing conditions of several key city and transit facilities and bus stops in three underserved census tracts. The proposal includes a decorative wall, perimeter solar lighting and public access toilets at the Public Works Yard and CNG Station in the Town of Blythe (Census Area 0462.00); access to landscaping, walking paths, retrofitted solar lights at Miller Park (Census Tract 0462.00); an outdoor public space for community engagement, installation of iron fencing, decorative security fencing and solar lighting at the PVVTA Operations Center and Main Street Park n’ Ride facility (Census Tract 0461.02), and ADA accessible bus shelters with trash cans (Census Tracts 0462.00, 0461.02 and 0470.00). Additionally, the project includes community engagement with shippers, cleanup events, social media, and groundbreaking events at all three project sites.
- In Corona, CA: City of Corona Green Alleys:
The project proposes to revitalize the network of alleys throughout the heart of Corona. Project objectives include improving low-stress pathways for pedestrian movement, traffic lanes will be cleaned, solar dusk-to-dawn lighting will be implemented, driveway surfacing will be improved by installing a porous pavement, and the porous or permeable pavement will be used to capture stormwater.
- In Indio, CA: Indio Jackson Street City Project:
The Jackson Street Corridor project will spruce up approximately 0.75 miles of Jackson Street in the city of Indio between Kenner Avenue and Avenue 45, transforming a series of strip malls and vacant lots into an area that welcomes and encourages pedestrians and cyclists to use the sidewalks and a class II cycle path. Project elements include: 1) Creation and installation of artistic shading elements; 2) Planting shade-producing and drought-tolerant trees; 3) Install artistically wrapped Big Belly bins; 4) Construct 6,000 square feet of new ADA-compliant sidewalk, replace 36,000 square feet of sidewalk, and remove tripping hazards and obstacles; 5) Organize community clean-up events; and 6) Work with artists and students to create public art.
- In Perris, CA: City of Perris Copper Creek Park Renovation Project:
The project will improve Copper Creek Park in an underserved community in the town of Perris with beautification improvements and waste reduction. The project will install a new DG walking path, an all-inclusive playground, bio-swales, a butterfly garden with educational signage, walkway lights, public art representing the history and culture of the community , anti-litter signs, garbage cans, a concrete walking path, picnic tables, benches, fence and trees. The project will upgrade existing irrigation to improve efficiency, renovate the landscape with drought-tolerant plants, and fill in the existing V-ditch and tile drainage. In addition to the physical improvements, the project proposes to launch a monthly “Keep Your Park Beautiful” social media campaign and hold annual community clean-up events in 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 Town of Cathedral City, is seeking funding for the Coachella Valley Community Connectors project. This project will make much-needed improvements along two community connectors in underserved communities at the Coachella Valley Link (CV Link), a regional multimodal transportation project. The proposed project will make improvements such as landscaping, installation of benches and litter bins, and planting of shade trees. Community Connectors in the towns of Coachella and Cathedral City will also help improve access for two recently state-funded park projects to the CV Link.
- In Riverside, CA: Riverside University Health System-Public Health:
This proposal will address infrastructural and non-infrastructural needs in one of Riverside County’s most disadvantaged unincorporated communities: Oasis. The infrastructure elements would connect three mobile home parks to a recreation park, local market and community clinic. Improvements will include improved pathways and crosswalks, landscaping of native trees and pollinators, and community amenities including functional public art, shade structures, benches and tables. Non-infrastructure components will help build a sense of community, including the following: safe routes to destinations, information programs, waste reduction and conservation programs, green programs, and the creation of public art. These components will improve the social determinants of health and address the inequities prevalent in the Oasis community. A strong network of county agencies, community organizations and community leaders will work to make Oasis a place to live with more dignity. The main beneficiaries of this project will be locals, farm workers, tribesmen and students.
According to Caltrans District 8, the projects announced this week are in addition to $312 million for 126 beautification projects along the national highway system that were announced last month.
Since launching Clean California in July, Caltrans has removed nearly 7,400 tons of trash from the state’s highway system — enough to fill 134 Olympic size swimming pools — and hired 623 new team members as part of Clean California, including 498 cleaners who collect waste. and remove graffiti.