Two Fresno City Councilmembers asking Cal Trans to pick up highway trash or get sued

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Two city council members are fed up with the trash that can be found on the side of any Fresno highway.

“It’s a disgrace,” Garry Bredefeld, District 6 Councilman said.

Bredefeld said Cal Trans is responsible at maintaining the highway and the embankments.

He said Cal Trans has not done it’s job, leaving many Fresno freeways in bad conditions.

“They’re responsibility is too take care of the highways, they’ve ignored it. We’re highlighting what is being ignored. We want to work with Cal Trans but Cal Trans has to meet their responsibilities and they need to be held accountable,” Bredefeld said.

Last week, Bredefeld took his frustration to Facebook after he noticed the large amount of trash and homeless encampment around his district.

The councilman driving Monday morning an the trash and homeless camp still there.

“Cal Trans just ignores this problem an they ignore it because they haven’t been accountable,” he said

District Three Councilman Miguel Arias said these freeway embankments have turned into a landfill.

Arias and Bredefeld’s office to create radio ads letting people living in the city, they need to maintain their property by keeping them clean and secure.

The radio ads are being paid for by Arias and Bredefeld’s office.

‘The state of California, Cal Trans has completely failed the City of Fresno and our residents by failing to maintain their property as they’re legally required too,” Arias said.

According to the Mayor Lee Brand’s office, the administration is working with Cal Trans on addressing this issue including $210,000 plan for freeway litter control abatement that still needs to be approved by the Fresno City Council.

Arias said his office and city staff have been voicing their concerns to the state agencies for months but nothing changes.

“This has reached a critical point that our patience has come to an end, an we are now going to be demanding that Cal Trans, either fix and maintain their properties or end up risking litigation with the city of Fresno,” Arias said.

Your Central Valley did reach out to Cal Trans for comment but our calls were not returned.

Arias and Bredefeld have a meeting set up with Cal Trans on August 1st.

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