THE “MCLEAN” LITTER ABATEMENT PROJECT --
CALTRANS IS MOVING MOUNTAINS OF LITTER
Many people start the new year by cleaning their desks, e-mails and closets. District 7 Maintenance is cleaning up the roadways.
Early in the 2006 fiscal year, with a $5-million statewide budget, Director Will Kempton launched a new program called “
Last year, Caltrans District 7 collected over 50,000 cubic yards of litter and debris (enough to fill a football field 28 feet high) from the freeways and swept 37,276 line miles at a cost of over $12 million. Statewide, 178,723 cubic yards of litter were collected on
Another consequence of litter is storm water runoff pollution. Storm drains are meant to collect and carry clean rainwater into the drains. But roadside litter, trash, cigarettes and debris can eventually end up in public bodies of water.
Richard Gordon, Office Chief, Maintenance, explains, “This District is using every resource to cover all freeways including our own forces, contractors, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers and the Special Programs crews. This is the first time District 7 has contracted for roadside litter removal. ”
Special Programs crews include those who are court-ordered referrals, on probation or in a work-release program.
“When deciding where to begin
“By tracking these statistics, we will be able to determine the frequency of cleaning needed on particular freeway segments. Frequency varies by locations...some areas will need weekly attention and some will be scheduled for every other week,” said Gordon.
And Freeman reminds the public, “Safety is Caltrans’ number one priority yet more and more time is spent on cleanup. Let’s keep the Maintenance staff working on the top priority of keeping the roads safe, and please, don't trash