Caltrans Crews Cleaning Up State Roadways
Caltrans has started the Veterans Outreach Program (VOP) and District 6 (which encompasses Visalia) has two (soon to be three) crews tending to areas within Tulare County.
Each worker is an honorably discharged veteran and the intent is to provide transitional employment, up to six months.
"In Visalia, the crews have veterans from the Iraq War and also a Vietnam veteran," shares John Y. Liu, Deputy District Director, Caltrans District 6 Maintenance and Operations. "One veteran was homeless and receiving services at the Visalia Resuce Mission. With his new employment, he was able to move into his own place."
The VOP started up in Fairfield in Solano County in January of this year, with the next crews based in Visalia.
The two crews based in Visalia started work on April 11th with each comprised of a crew of 10 workers and a supervisor. For four days a week, the workers clean litter from the highways. On the fifth day, they work at developing their skills or doing job searches at the adult school.
"The program is based on a parolee program that Caltrans has partnered with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2013," adds Liu. "The program is administered through the Butte College Office of Education and we contract with contractor Northern California Construction Training."
Both crews based in Visalia are currently working in Tulare County, one on State Route 198 and the other on State Route 99, taking care of deferred litter removal. One crew will soon start cleaning in southern Fresno County in Kingsburg, Selma, and Fowler.
For more information about the VOP, contact Caltrans District 6 for Kern and Tulare Counties at (559) 444-240 or learn about all that Caltrans does online at http://www.dot.ca.gov/d6/.