Maintaining bypass landscaping project becomes Caltrans’ responsibility


More than 1,700 trees and shrubs were planted as part of a $2 million landscaping project along the State Highway 120 Bypass and State Highway 99 corridor near Manteca, California. For the past three years, A. Suraez and Munoz Construction has performed maintenance for the project, but its contractual obligation to do so is now over.

That means the responsibility for maintaining the project, which was funded by stimulus money under the American Recovery Act, will now be turned over to the California Department of Transportation. The new landscape incorporates drought-tolerant trees and shrubs, including evergreens, oak trees, western red buds, Chinese pistache and others that, once they reach maturity, will create a woodland area. The woodlands, in turn, are expected to minimize the risk of fires by preventing the growth of weeds and blocking winds.

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