Keep state roads clean by “adopting” a highway

March 25, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. March 25, 2010

State Department of Transportation officials encourage residents to keep highways litter free through the Adopt-a-Highway program.

The department seeks businesses, club, organizations, schools, religious groups and families to “adopt” and clean up sections of roadway.

Areas assigned to volunteers usually consist of two miles of roadside. Officials assign the sections on a first-come, first-served basis, and the department maintains a waiting list for popular areas.

About six to eight weeks after volunteers sign the adoption agreement, the department installs a highway sign in the area to recognize the group.

Groups agree to clean up the highway section four times per year. The department supplies litterbags and safety materials for volunteers.

The adoption process differs for businesses. Businesses agree for a contractor to clean the area six times per year. The area can be a roadside, median or highway interchange.

Officials said the program saves taxpayer dollars, because volunteers pick up litter instead of a paid work crew.

Learn more about the program here or contact the local coordinator.

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