Hwy. 101/41 interchange will get $586,000 of landscaping this fall

The recently revamped interchange of Highways 101 and 41 in Atascadero will get more than a half-million dollars in landscaping this fall as part of $2.2 billion in statewide transportation projects.

According to Caltrans spokesman Colin Jones, the California Transportation Commission recently approved $586,000 for plantings and irrigation at the interchange.

The project will include thousands of mostly native shrubs and trees with a few ornamental species on four acres of both state and city property at the interchange, Jones said.

The landscaping project is expected to begin this fall with a three-year plant establishment period.

The $2.2 billion included $863 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved state transportation bond. To date, the state has allocated more than $9 billion in Proposition 1B funds.