Caltrans Announces Local Projects Receiving Part of the Nearly $300 Million in Clean California Grants
All projects will benefit underserved communities
Sacramento County – Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement this week of $296 million in Clean California grants to underserved communities throughout the state, Caltrans will locally fund six projects in the Sacramento region and one project in each of the rural counties of Colusa, Glenn and Yuba 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.
“We are excited to partner with our local communities and elated the projects selected will benefit both rural and urban communities,” said Caltrans District 3 Director Amarjeet S. Benipal. “Our cities, towns and tribal communities are benefiting from Governor Newsom’s Clean California Initiative, and 100% of the projects will have a positive impact on these communities.”
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 located in the Sacramento area include:
- The City of Sacramento’s Florin Road Community Beautification: The $1,122,173 million project is fully funded by the Clean California Grant and includes a public outreach campaign, youth engagement and beautification effort to improve neighborhoods along Florin Road. The project will coordinate with Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum, Luther Burbank High School, Florin Road Partnership, local non-profits and businesses to address litter and illegal dumping spots. In addition, high school interns will conduct litter source assessments, adopt litter hot spots for cleanup, and be involved in designing and promoting litter abatement solutions. The project also includes art installations on Florin Road.
- The City of Sacramento’s 21st Avenue Beautification Project: The $1,758,178 million project is fully funded by the Clean California Grant and will address the segment at 21st Avenue from the State Route 99 Underpass (across Franklin Boulevard) to Ethel Phillips Elementary School. The project will create a widened ADA-compliant sidewalk, and plant trees to shade students walking to and from the school. To beautify the route between the neighborhoods, the project will add artistic bus shelters, waste containers, lighting and cultural murals by local artists on buildings along 21st Avenue, and hold community events that help educate the public on littering and proper waste disposal.
- The City of Sacramento’s Dixienanne Neighborhood Clean & Green Alleys: The $4,861,767 project will transform at least 3,000 linear feet of unpaved residential alleys strewn with illegal dumping and abandoned vehicles in one of Sacramento’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Community cleanup events will be organized to clear the public right-of-way of debris and unimproved alleys will be paved with permeable interlocking pavers to reduce runoff into the aging storm water drainage system to provide a clean and inviting surface for playing/ walking/ biking. The Sacramento Tree Foundation will plant up to 20 trees and local artists will be commissioned to enhance the paver installations. This project is receiving $4,858,267 from the Clean California Grant.
- The City of Sacramento’s Del Rio Trail: The $16.7 million project includes a new Class 1 bike path along an old abandoned railroad line through existing neighborhoods. Community members will benefit by having new bicycle and walking connectivity to regional parks, area schools, markets, and other activity centers. The project will provide public art and remove debris from the abandoned railroad corridor. This project is receiving $5 million from the Clean California Grant.
- The City of Sacramento’s The Hanami Line at Robert T. Matsui Park: The $4.3 million project will renovate and beautify an existing park along the Sacramento waterfront in an underserved neighborhood. Included in the park improvements will be the addition of 104 blossoming cherry trees, native grasses and plants, installation of state-of-the-art irrigation and lighting, an art sculpture, promenade, increased seating for festivals, a programming area for events, entertainment and food, permanent shade structures, decorative railing, and imported topsoil to elevate the west side of the park for better views of the Sacramento River. This project is receiving more than $3.2 million from the Clean California Grant.
- Southgate Recreation & Park District’s South Sacramento Parks & Pathways Beautification & Revitalization: The $5,001,512 million project will be an impactful investment in a historically disadvantaged community and includes elements that restore five parks, the Florin Creek pathway, and creek clean-up and volunteer tree planting events along the State Route 99 corridor. The project will also reduce waste by activating these public spaces, creating unique designs that divert waste and leading clean-up efforts. This project is receiving $5 million from the Clean California Grant.
Other projects located outside the Sacramento area include:
- Colusa Indian Community Council’s Ummi’s Pathway: The $4,187,830 million project is fully funded by the Clean California Grant and will rehabilitate and create a safe 3/4-mile recreational path throughout tribal land for the betterment of the indigenous people and the surrounding communities that is comprised of culturally unique aesthetics and native plants along a durable path. The pathway will connect vital communal spaces with seating, energy-conserving lighting and waste receptacles. The project will also encompass elements that are approved by the native tribe to engage their peoples with the land while beautifying the space that is accessible to the public.
- Yuba City’s Plumas Street Historic and Water Tower Park Improvements: The $2,235,888 million project is fully funded by the Clean California Grant and will help transform, beautify and connect the Plumas Street Historic District with other improvements already completed in downtown. The project will help create a cohesive downtown area, enhancing civic pride and drawing businesses and visitors to the shopping and recreation district. Other project elements include: water tower improvements, improvements to Plumas Street and Center Street, and a “Clean and Safe Yuba City” litter abatement program.
- Glenn County’s Parks Accessibility and Beautification Project: The $4,480,790 million project is fully funded by the Clean California Grant and includes improvements for three parks located in underserved communities, including Walker Creek, Orland Memorial Hall, and Willows Memorial Park. Each location will include improved travel paths, concrete pads, picnic tables, waste/ recycle receptacles, and signage will be added to achieve full ADA compliance. In addition the project includes improvements to Orland Memorial Hall, such as replacing the grass and sprinklers with drought resistant native plants and the addition of a large veteran memorial statue. Willows Memorial Park will also see the addition of a large, fenced ADA playground.
The local 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.