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The keen eye of Caltrans and its contractor caught this truck illegally dumping trash and debris on State right of way near the SR-91 improvement project.

DUMPING ON FREEWAYS
by  Jeanne Bonfilio
Issue Date: 11/2008

After years of illegal dumping on State freeways and highways, a perpetrator is apprehended and arrested.

For at least the past two years, District 7 has increasingly faced more illegal dumping of trash and debris around and near on- and off-ramps especially at the ongoing Artesia Freeway (State Route 91) improvement project in Carson. This is not littering out of the window; this involves intentionally dumping trucks full of debris onto freeways.

Caltrans and the project’s contractors have been keeping an eye out for those involved in this crime. “A lot of time and money that could be better spent elsewhere on transportation improvement projects has been wasted cleaning up illegal dumping sites along our right of way. Over $1 million dollars is spent yearly cleaning up illegal dumping in the District,” said Reza Jahromi, Caltrans Construction Resident Engineer.

Jahromi is responsible for the construction of this transportation project that will improve ride quality, safety and rehabilitate the pavement on SR-91 from the Broadway Avenue undercrossing to the Downey Avenue undercrossing.

Large trucks have purposely spilled loads of debris on state property along the job site, leaving it for someone else to clean up – namely: Caltrans. The hardest hit areas are regularly monitored. Finally, in mid-October, one perpetrator was witnessed dumping a large amount of trash from a semi-truck and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was contacted immediately. This swift action allowed the CHP to apprehend and make an arrest.

There are criminal consequences of illegal dumping on State property and it is costly to everyone involved including the State of California. If you witness illegal dumping, littering or graffiti vandalism on State freeways and highways, please contact the California Highway Patrol at these non-emergency numbers: 1-800-TELL-CHP (800-835-5247), statewide, or 323-982-4900 or 818-240-8200 in Los Angeles County; and 805-477-4174 in Ventura County.


 

The California Highway Patrol apprehended the driver of this truck dumping its load on state property -- a criminal offense -- and the vehicle was towed away and the driver arrested.