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Caltrans Roadside Facilities
Roadside Facilities

Good design requires addressing and balancing a variety of competing goals.

Landscape Architects recognize the effect transportation facilities may have upon a local community, and assist local agencies in their efforts to minimize these effects. Caltrans' Transportation Art, Community Identification, and Gateway Monument programs provide a community with the opportunity to enhance and integrate an existing transportation facility by reflecting the local community’s unique aesthetic, environmental, scenic, and cultural values. The District landscape architect acts as a single point of contact, assisting the the local agency as they develop proposals for this work, and helping them to evaluate, qualify, and submit their final proposal as an Encroachment Permit.

For more information on the Community Identification, Gateway Monument, and Transportation Art programs, select from the topic area below.

 

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.