New cleanup project will employ 24 people from Bakersfield Homeless Center

Mayor Karen Goh poses with the crew from the Bakersfield Homeless Center that will work to clean up the freeways in Bakersfield. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Bakersfield received $500,000 from Caltrans to beautify the freeways that run through the city limits.

“We are now going to be able to provide crews from the Bakersfield Homeless Center – 24 people getting new jobs – to help clean vegetative debris and litter from our freeways,” Mayor Karen Goh said at a news conference Friday morning.

“The partnership with the Homeless Center has become a model and Caltrans is looking to replicate that model because it’s been so successful,” Goh said.

The funding boosts an existing maintenance agreement Bakersfield had with Caltrans to clean up Highways 58,99 and 178.

"We have a wonderful community and we want our community, our freeways, to reflect, aesthetically, the people – so this is a great day for our community," Goh said.

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