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Go-ahead from CalTrans to Apply for Adopt-A-Highway

posted Dec 11, 2010, 4:19 PM by Sun Secretary   [ updated Jan 7, 2011, 11:09 AM ]
Ragan Henninger arranged a meeting where Matthew Hall from SUN and Peter Kolstad from the Market Almaden Neighborhood Association met Rebecca Strouse, who is our Adopt-A-Highway coordinator. Matthew and Peter proposed Adopt-A-Highway along northbound 280 from 7th Street to Almaden Avenue. The meeting resulted in the following email from Rebecca:

Ernesto Ramirez, Arnold Joe and I assessed the area and it looks like the
site from 5th to 7th Northbound along Margaret Way is not adoptable due to
the narrow sloped area and no guardrail above.

The rest of the area from 7th to Almaden is adoptable. There are a few
things that need to be done first:

*Ragan and staff will survey the neighborhood to determine their issues
with the homeless and removing any present vegetation. Also noting that
the homeless may move to someone else's backyard area.

*The gate behind the tile shop will stay for access.

*Caltrans will check for repairs to locks, etc. behind tile shop area

*Caltrans will check with Traffic/Right-of-Way regarding how to possibly
obtain a 1 inch bar fencing along the " Not a Park" area on 7th just before

*Caltrans will check the Right-of-Way at 4th Street.

*I recommend a Tree & Shrub Planting Adoption which includes vegetation
control even with very little planting and litter pickup once a month.

*Mariko Roberts, our Landscape Architect, will provide a small list of
shrubs or plants that may grow in this area. Some plants requested are to
deter homeless pathways. Mariko is cc'd above.

*MYOPRUM PARVIFOLIUM is the quick spreading ground cover that you see
Northbound 101 at the 880 off ramp on the right hand shoulder. It was
present North 280 at 10th Street onramp before. Myoprum requires water to
get established and full sun. It spreads to 7 feet across.

The area is very much improved since I saw it last. Here is your
application . (See attached file: 01_program_app_(mtce-018)_07-09.pdf)
Please fill it out and you may fax it back to me at (510) 622-5703. The
postmiles are 1.5-2.0 Northbound. Once this is approved and you submit a
planting and work plan then we can issue an Adopt-A-Highway Permit. (See
attached file: tree_shrub_p&s.pdf) Your group will then be required to
attend a safety orientation, obtain updated gear and supplies and then you
can continue. At some point, the local Maintenance Region may do a general
sweep through the area prior to your group starting.

Note: Southbound is also adoptable as well.

Please let me know if I have left anything out.

Enjoy Thanksgiving.

Rebecca Strouse
Assistant Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator
Office (510) 286-6227
Fax (510) 622-5703

Sun Secretary,
Dec 11, 2010, 4:25 PM
Sun Secretary,
Dec 11, 2010, 4:25 PM