Caltrans officials can see the writing on the wall.
Efforts to improve aesthetics and tie freeways to the cities they travel through has led Caltrans and local officials to brand walls with everything from Riverside’s signature Raincross to silhouettes of mountains.
The practice of prettying up walls started more than a decade ago statewide, but as Inland freeways grew, so did interest in incorporating them into their surroundings, said Caltrans District 8 Director Ray Wolfe.
“I think this type of thing is here to stay,” Wolfe said. “Where we used to put up a blank wall, we can’t do that anymore. No one wants that blank surface.”