Is the scenery along your daily commute looking a little cleaner? It’s not your imagination. Here’s the news release from Metro:
Metro Freeway Crew, a pilot project dedicated toward mitigating graffiti, removing debris and enhancing the landscape on the I-110 and I-710 freeways, officially launched this week. Intended to augment Caltrans efforts along the corridors, the Metro Freeway Crew is focusing on areas of the I-110 between Hill Street and Exposition Boulevard and the I-710 between SR-60 and I-405.
Work has already begun. More than 250 graffiti tags and acts of vandalism have been removed and as of October 2012, Metro Freeway Crew has cleared 5,500 pounds of trash and debris from the freeways. Additional highway cleanup, irrigation repair and landscaping preparation will take place in the coming months.
“The freeway system is a visible reflection of all of Los Angeles County and we take pride in it,” said Metro CEO Art Leahy. “It impacts our mobility, economy and health, and it affects the livability of our neighborhoods. It’s important to keep such vital transportation infrastructure properly maintained for the hundreds of thousands who use it.”
Promotional bus posters, rail cards and pamphlets to alert the public to the presence of the Metro Freeway Crew will be strategically placed throughout the Metro system. Drivers should be careful of crews working along the corridor and slow when passing work crews on the freeway.
“We welcome Metro’s efforts to help enhance and clean the landscape on two of our freeways,” said Acting Caltrans District 7 Director Terry Abbott. “To help make this project a success, whether you see Caltrans crews or Metro contractors on the roadside, we encourage the public to Slow for the Cone Zone and Move Over when you see the crews.”
The Metro Freeway Crew also will be partnering with Caltrans to work with the Los Angeles Unified School District in educating students on graffiti abatement efforts and the importance of keeping public areas clean. A class will be chosen to receive drought-tolerant plants to nurture until the plants are ready for relocation to an area slotted for landscaping, scheduled to begin Spring 2013.
Check out some before and after pictures after the jump. The after pics are renderings as landscaping does not begin until next spring.
Categories: Best Practices