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A section of State Route 246 on the Central Coast is getting a $1.3 million facelift

 A section of State Route 246 is being beautified
A section of State Route 246 is being beautified

Improvements to the half-mile section of Highway 246 – the Chumash Museum Highway near Santa Ynez - will start this week.

Artistic fencing is being installed, along with native plant landscaping, an upgraded irrigation system using recycled water, decorative crosswalks and better directional signage.

The beautification project is part of a wider Clean California initiative to remove trash, create jobs and transform public spaces, explained Colin Jones from Caltrans.

Caltrans and its partners will break ground on the new Chumash Museum Highway Beautification project on Thursday.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022.

Since joining the station she's won 7 Golden Mike Awards, 4 Los Angeles Press Club Awards and 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.