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Local News in Brief : 2 Developers, Caltrans to Landscape Freeway

December 11, 1987

In the first partnership of its kind in the Santa Clarita Valley, two local developers and Caltrans announced Thursday that they have joined forces to landscape a one-mile section of the Golden State Freeway in Valencia.

The Valencia Co., which is the development arm of Newhall Land & Farming Co., and Dale Poe Development each contributed $62,500 toward the $250,000 landscaping project, said Jerry Baxter, California Department of Transportation interim district director, at a ceremony marking the beginning of the project.

Caltrans is providing the remaining $125,000 for the landscaping on both sides of the freeway between McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard.

Baxter said this kind of public-private partnership is necessary if the state's freeways are to receive any landscaping.

The freeway landscaping partnership, the first not implemented through a city or a county, is called the Santa Clarita Valley Improvement Assn. The developers and Caltrans were brought together by state Sen. Ed Davis (R-Valencia), who helped plant the ceremonial first tree Thursday.

The landscaping is to be completed in February.

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