California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Friday, June 28, 2013

Contact: Media Relations Officer Cathryne Bruce-Johnson

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Beautification At Fuerte Drive Park and Ride

SAN DIEGO – The Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway program has partnered with the Grossmont Mount Helix Improvement Association (GMIA) to kickoff a pilot beautification program at the eastbound Interstate 8 /Fuerte Drive Park & Ride with a planting party on Saturday.

The GMIA is the first community group to adopt a Park & Ride and members will meet on Saturday to plant more than  30 red trumpet vines. Working closely with Caltrans Landscaping staff to create a beautification plan, the group hired a contractor to trim the palm trees last week and has plans to lay mulch inside the Park & Ride in mid July.

“This pilot project will demonstrate what we can accomplish by joining our efforts as a community and working together,” said Adopt-A Highway Coordinator Jose Estrada.  “Expanding the Adopt-A-Highway Program to include Park & Rides gives people another way to help make a difference.” 
                                                               
The Adopt-A-Highway program provides an avenue to individuals, groups or businesses to help maintain stretches of state highways, on- and off-ramps as well as Park & Rides for litter cleanup, vegetation control, shrub and wildflower plantings, or graffiti removal.

Groups have the option to participate as volunteers or to hire a maintenance service provider to perform the work on their behalf.  Typically, permits are issued for five-year periods, but one-day adoptions are also available.

For more information, please contact Jose Estrada at (619) 688-3327 or go to the Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway link at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist11/aah/adoptahighwaysd.htm

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