Caltrans announces completion of Clean California Susanville Gateway Monument project

Caltrans announced the completion of the Susanville Gateway Monument project on Highway 36.

Caltrans announced the completion if the Susanville Gateway Monument Project.

As part of Clean California, Caltrans partnered with the city of Susanville and the Susanville Indian Rancheria to install a landmark to reflect Susanville’s history and install new landscaping. [See monument video here.]

The monument was made possible through Governor Gavin Newsom’s Clean California initiative — a sweeping, $1.2 billion, multiyear clean-up effort led by Caltrans to remove trash, create thousands of jobs, and join with communities throughout the state to reclaim, transform and beautify public spaces.

“Gateway monuments create safer and more inviting communities by enhancing pride, sparking connection within communities and encouraging tourism,” said Caltrans Director Tony Taveras. “I understand this gateway design was originally conceived in 2011 but lacked funding. So, I am doubly pleased Clean California could help on this and hundreds of other beautification projects statewide.”

The wood design and saw blade symbolize the natural environment of Susanville as well as its logging roots. The seals of Susanville and the Susanville Indian Rancheria reflect the people who live there.

The Lassen County Transportation Commission also participated in the proposal for the Susanville gateway monument.

Clean California grants have funded 319 projects statewide to revitalize and beautify underserved communities, some of which are already complete and sources of community pride.

Projects are improving public spaces, tribal lands, parks, neighborhoods, transit centers, walking paths, streets, roadsides, recreation fields, community gathering spots, and places of cultural or historical importance in underserved communities.

Since launching Clean California in July 2021, Caltrans has removed nearly 2.2 million cubic yards of litter from state highways – or enough to fill 670 Olympic-size swimming pools.

The program has also created nearly 15,000 jobs that have helped Californians overcome barriers to employment and drawn more than 10,000 volunteers to events ranging from community cleanups to large debris collections for appliances, tires, and mattresses.

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