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‘Beautification’ underway for Harbor Freeway in South LA


From Imperial Highway to Adams Boulevard

Caltrans has begun work on a “beautification” project on the Harbor (110) Freeway corridor stretching from Imperial Highway to Adams Boulevard in South Los Angeles.

The $2.8 million I-110 Clean California Beautification Project will include the installation of three art murals and the inclusion of native, drought-tolerant landscaping at various intersections along the freeway corridor.

The project is part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Clean California initiative–a $1.2 billion, multiyear clean-up effort led by Caltrans to remove trash, create jobs and engage communities to “reclaim, transform and beautify public spaces.”

“Public art and the transportation system form a natural pairing that can elevate state assets from their practical application into something visually aesthetic and capable of generating community pride,” Caltrans Director Tony Tavares said in a statement. “Talented artists and new climate-resistant vegetation will transform this portion of Interstate 110 into a prime example of functionally beautiful infrastructure.”

According to a statement from Caltrans, local artists will create the three murals near the intersections of Colden Avenue and Flower Street, 43rd and Flower streets and 43rd Street and Grand Avenue.

The project will feature native drought-tolerant plants, decorative rock-scaping and durable fencing at the intersections of Century Boulevard, Manchester Avenue, 83rd Street, Florence Avenue, Gage Avenue and Vernon Avenue.

Caltrans is slated to complete the work in early 2024.

Gloria Roberts, director of Caltrans District 7, which encompasses the counties of Los Angeles and Ventura, said the project will “enhance the visual appearance of the freeway and adjacent neighborhoods.”

“The Clean California initiative is making significant investments to advance equity for underserved communities with beautification projects along the state highway system,” Roberts said in a statement.