VENTURA : Freeway Irrigation System to Be Upgraded

The California Transportation Commission allocated $1.2 million Thursday to improve the irrigation system along a 4.5-mile stretch of the Ventura Freeway in Ventura.

The manually operated irrigation system will be upgraded and automated in 95 acres of landscaped property along the freeway from just south of Telephone Road to California Street.

Automating the irrigation system will reduce safety hazards for maintenance workers and help conserve water, Caltrans spokesman Steve Galluzzo said.

The one-year project, beginning in the early spring of 1994, will not require the closure of freeway lanes, Galluzzo said.

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