Livability

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Caltrans design guidance
Livability

Livable design addresses statewide transportation requirements as well as local community needs and requirements.

Livability within transportation describes the degree to which transportation facilities improve human quality of life. Caltrans strives to provide efficient and comfortable multimodal travel facilities that enhance the aesthetic, environmental, scenic, and cultural values of the local community. More information on livability is available in the Project Delivery Quarterly publication. The topics below illustrate how state transportation infrastructure can reflect and align with local community needs and goals.

 

Transportation Art

Transportation Art

Transportation art provides a community with a way to enhance an existing transportation facility to reflect the local community’s aesthetic, environmental, scenic, and cultural values. Transportation art may include graphic or sculptural artwork, either freestanding or placed on engineering features such as sound walls, retaining walls, or bridges. 

District landscape architects act as the single focal point contact to assist a local agency with a Transportation Art proposal - helping them develop, evaluate, qualify, and process a Transportation Art submittal as an Encroachment Permit.

Click here for more information on the Transportation Art Program.

Gateway Monuments

Gateway Monuments

Gateway monuments provide communities with a way to enhance existing transportation facilities to reflect that community’s aesthetic, environmental, scenic, and cultural values. Gateway monuments include any freestanding structure or sign, non-integral or non-required highway feature that communicates the name of the city, county, or township. 

District landscape architects act as the single focal point contact to assist a local agency with a Gateway Monument proposal - helping them develop, evaluate, qualify, and process a Gateway Monument submittal as an Encroachment Permit.

Click here for more information on the Gateway Monument Program.

Community Identification

Community Identification

Community Identification provide communities with a way to enhance existing transportation facilities to reflect that community’s aesthetic, environmental, scenic, and cultural values. Community identification includes visual images, graphics, sculptural artwork, or text placed on a required engineering feature that expresses unique attributes of a community’s identity, history, resources, or character.

District landscape architects act as the single focal point contact to assist a local agency with a Community Identification proposal - helping them develop, evaluate, qualify, and process a Community Identification submittal as an Encroachment Permit.


Click here for more information on the Community Identification Program.

Blue Star Memorial Highways

Blue Star Memorial Highways

Blue Star Memorial markers pay tribute to the nation's armed forces by designating various State and national routes as "Blue Star Memorial Highways." The Headquarters Landscape Architecture Program coordinates the Blue Star Memorial program, and the District Landscape Architect approves proposed locations for markers.

Click here for more information on the Blue Star Memorial Program.

Mission Bells

Safety Roadside Rest Areas

Safety Roadside Rest Areas provide opportunities for travelers to safely stop, stretch, take a nap, use the restroom, get water, check maps, place telephone calls, switch drivers, check vehicles and loads, and exercise pets. Rest areas reduce drowsy and distracted driving and provide a safe and convenient alternative to unsafe parking along the roadside.

Click here for more information on the Mission Bell Program.

Vista Points

Safety Roadside Rest Areas

Vista points are informal pullouts where motorists can safely view scenery or park and relax. They do not include restrooms. Vista points may have facilities including walkways, interpretive displays, railings, benches, interpretive information, trash receptacles, monuments and other pedestrian facilities that are accessible to all persons.

Click here for more information on the Vista Point Program.

Roadside Facilities

Caltrans Transporation Art

Caltrans encourages the integration of transportation facilities with their surroundings to reflect the aesthetic, environmental, scenic, and cultural values of the local community. Provided by the local community, these features can enrich the environment for both transportation system users and the local community.

Click here for information on Roadside Facilities.

Safety Roadside Rest Areas

Caltrans Safety Roadside Rest Area Program

The Safety Roadside Rest Area system provides opportunities for travelers to safely stop, stretch, take a nap, use the restroom, get water, check maps, place telephone calls, switch drivers, check vehicles and loads, and exercise pets. Safety Roadside Rest Areas reduce drowsy and distracted driving and provide a safe, convenient alternative to unsafe roadside parking.

Click here for information on the Safety Roadside Rest Area system.

Scenic Highways

Scenic Highways

Created by the State Legislature in 1963, the purpose of California's Scenic Highway Program's is to protect the natural scenic beauty of California highways. Highways may be designated as scenic depending upon how much of the natural landscape can be seen by travelers, the scenic quality of the landscape, and the extent to which development intrudes upon the traveler's enjoyment of the view.

Click here for more information on the Scenic Highway Program

Roundabout Design

Scenic Highways

Compared with traditional intersections, roundabouts offer potential cost, safety, maintenance, and operational benefits.

Click here for Landscape Architectural information on Roundabout design.

"Landscaped Freeways"

Scenic Highways

A Classified Landscaped Freeway is a section of freeway with planting that meets the criteria of California's Outdoor Advertising Regulations. It is used in the control and regulation of Outdoor Advertising Displays.

Click here for more information on the Classified Landscaped Freeway Program.

Main Street California

Scenic Highways

Communities with main streets that also serve as a California state highway are challenged with balancing the local need for vibrant streets with regional and statewide needs for connectivity. Incorporating principles of livability and sustainability into local main street projects can help balance local and statewide needs.

Click here for Main Streets guidance.