Spring Clean Week: March 28 – April 3
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 28, 2016) – Thousands of volunteers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Adopt-a-Highway program will give the Commonwealth’s roadsides a “Spring Clean” during the first cleanup outing of 2016 from March 28 – April 3.
“Our Adopt-a-Highway groups deserve our thanks and appreciation for taking pride in the natural beauty of Kentucky,” Acting Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas said. “These volunteers sacrifice their time and effort to ensure Kentucky always presents the cleanest and most scenic version of itself.”
Each year, KYTC spends about $5 million on 200,000 worker hours to remove 96,000 bags of highway litter. To assist those efforts, in 1988, KYTC established the Adopt-a-Highway program to create a partnership between citizens, community and government, establish a sense of pride in the Bluegrass State, promote environmental awareness and support tourism.
Today, Kentucky’s Adopt-a-Highway program has nearly 700 groups and volunteers remove thousands of bags of litter from approximately 1,400 miles of roadside.
There are 106 sections of highway adopted in the seven counties of District 12 according to DOT spokesperson Sara George. There are multiple groups in Lawrence County that have adopted a stretch of roadway, she said.
“Look for the blue Adopt-a-Highway signs; they have the name of the group/church/school/family/whatever on the bottom of the sign,” Ms. George said. “It’s not just one volunteer group for each county. We even have families that have adopted a mile or so in memory of a loved one. We can have as many groups as we have miles of roadway.”
Ms. George said the Lawrence County Young Democrats adopted a stretch of KY 2565. Yatesville Lake State Park adopted a portion of KY 1185. Savage Memorial church has a stretch of KY 3 and Don and Teresa Hillman have a two-mile section of KY 1.
“Those are all the ones I can think of in Lawrence County,” Ms. George said. “We are always open to more groups or organizations signing up . . . they can pick whatever road they want (as long as it’s a state-maintained road).”
Any permanently established business, association, community or public organization, or government entity can adopt a stretch of highway. Local businesses, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, high school organizations, service clubs, veterans groups, college fraternities and sororities, professional organizations, sports teams, church groups, and many others participate in the program.
Last year, the Adopt-a-Highway program distributed updated roadside safety guidelines. To encourage safety for participants, groups are reminded to review the program’s roadside safety brochure before every outing. Motorists are asked to look out for Adopt-a-Highway volunteers and to proceed with caution through areas in which a cleanup is taking place.
HOW DO I JOIN?
Groups interested in joining the Adopt-a-Highway Program can find details and district coordinator information at http://transportation.ky.gov/Adopt-a-Highway.
Groups adopt two-mile sections of road under a two-year, renewable contract with KYTC.
Litter pickups are held at least four times per year or as many times as necessary to keep adopted areas reasonably litter-free. The cabinet coordinates three annual clean-up events.
The Adopt-a-Highway district coordinators help explain the program, assist groups in finding a section of road to adopt, and coordinate communication with the county maintenance crew superintendent to arrange warning sign placement on the date of pickup. Trash bags and safety vests can be obtained at each state maintenance facility, and once full, trash bag removal is provided by state highway crews.
Roadside safety information is provided to groups and should be reviewed with all participants prior to each cleanup. The Roadside Safety Information brochure and a Roadside Safety Video are available at http://transportation.ky.gov/Adopt-a-Highway.