Alameda County Arts Commission is beginning to work on Community Identifier Projects in three of Alameda County’s unincorporated communities: Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, and Ashland/Cherryland. The Community Identifier Projects involve designing and painting the name of the community along with other design elements on freeway overpasses. The overall goal is to create community gateway markers that help support a positive and welcoming environment for both the community and visitors. Practicing, professional artists will be selected through an open competitive selection process to design and paint the Community Identifiers. It is anticipated that the projects will be complete in the Fall of 2018.
The Community Identifier Project concept was developed through community interest and support. It was designated as an official project of the Alameda County Arts Commission by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in August 2016. The freeway overpasses identified for the Community Identifier Projects are under the management of the CA State Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Caltrans allows text and limited design elements as part of their Community Identification Program. A proposal must be submitted to and approved by Caltrans. Completion of all projects is contingent on Caltrans approval.