Why isn’t there landscaping along all freeways? – Press Enterprise

Q: Don Gilbertson wrote to complement the landscaping along Freeway 215 near 210, saying he thinks the area looks fine with the rocks and drought tolerant plants. Gilbertson, who lives in Fontana, asked why more highways in the area weren’t laid out the same way.

A: In general, landscaping improvements are often incorporated into the project and budgeted for when the interchange expansion or construction projects are planned, said Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga.

“Caltrans would like to be able to redesign all of our right of way on highways with low maintenance landscapes, but that would be impossible because of the cost alone,” she said. “Caltrans works with partner agencies and cities when we design projects with drought tolerant aesthetics and also plan the future ecological footprint. We are also always looking for ways to create a low-maintenance landscape to reduce the stress on our work teams from traffic. “

Most of these exchanges, according to Kasinga, usually have local transport, be it from the city or from local transport partner agencies, or both. These new, attractive landscaping projects are part of a larger motorway project that is usually funded not only by Caltrans but also by another transport company, city or county. In the area where our reader added freeway design, the San Bernardino County Transportation Agency provided most of the funding for landscaping.

Q: Upland’s Ed Barstow said he noticed several vehicles with California license plates with most of their reflective portion either removed or spray painted in a flat gray paint. “The letters and numbers still seem to be the original color, but the only reason you would know it was a Californian plate is that the top of some of the letters are still legible if you familiarize yourself with the plate are. Would there be a reason for this obvious deliberate change? “Asked Barstow.

A: Barstow isn’t our first reader to notice this. There are a few options here. First, it could be that the license plate has deteriorated from exposure to sunlight, detergents for cars, or high pressure car washes. If the license plate becomes illegible or damaged, the vehicle owner can request a new license plate set and pay the $ 22 replacement fee for regular license plates (license plate replacement costs vary), said Nicholas Filipas, spokesman for the motor vehicle division.

The other possibility here – and this is speculation, but not uncommon – is that someone tampered with the record.

However, Section 5201 of the California Vehicle Code states that a license plate must “be kept in a condition that is legible.” The law also states that it is illegal for a case, sign, frame, rim, product, or other device to read a license plate by an electronic device operated by the government or local law enforcement agency or to obstruct or impair a toll road or bridge. CVC Clause 5201.1 adds, “An individual shall not erase, brush over the reflective coating, or modify a license plate to avoid visual or electronic capture of the license plate or its markings by state or local law enforcement agencies.”

Q: Ted Petrich, resident of Hemet, noted that the median project through downtown Hemet through Valle Vista appeared to be complete, but some signal lights appeared to be out of sync.

“On many cross streets, cars trip over the road sensors and get the green light before they reach the intersection. This means that cross traffic does not stop while cars have several stops on the main road. It seems to me that the cars on the larger, faster and more heavily traveled state road should be given priority, not the cross traffic, ”said Petrich, who made these observations about a month ago.

A: At the time, Caltrans was working on the Highway 74 Raised Curb Median project in Hemet. Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga said the traffic signals were on a preset timer to complete the center curb and loop detector installation.

At this point, the loops did not yet recognize any vehicles, so the signals might turn green even if there was no vehicle. The electrical inspector for the project announced that the installation of the loop was completed in October, so Caltrans was ready to put all traffic signals back into loop detection mode by that time. The work is now complete and the signals from Highway 74 should now be in sync.

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