Time to Adopt-a-Highway and ‘spring clean’ roadsides, help preserve scenic beauty of the commonwealth
Spring Clean Week set for March 17-23
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Volunteers will be out in force to “spring clean” state highways in northeast Kentucky next week, March 17-23, as part of the Transportation Cabinet’s Adopt-a-Highway Spring Clean Week.
The Spring Clean Week effort is part of the 25-year-old program’s drive to keep Kentucky highways and communities beautiful and litter-free.
Each year, several hundred volunteer groups participate by adopting more than 6,000 miles of roadsides and setting an example of responsible environmental stewardship.
In Department of Highways District 9, about 35 percent of state roads, or more than 600 miles in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties, are adopted.
The Adopt-a-Highway program promotes public environmental awareness and supports tourism. The program also creates a partnership between citizens, community and government, and establishes a sense of pride in the Bluegrass State.
How can you contribute to the community, make a difference, send a message and educate others – all while having fun with friends and family? Join Kentucky’s Adopt-a-Highway Program. By taking responsibility for an area roadway, you set an example in your community.
The environment is everyone’s responsibility. Adopt-a-Highway provides the opportunity to be a part of the solution. Each year, the KYTC spends about $5 million and 200,000 worker hours to remove 96,000 bags of highway litter. Adopt-a-Highway volunteers help save thousands of taxpayer dollars and demonstrate that a clean environment is a shared responsibility.
Any permanently established business, association, community or public organization, or government entity can adopt a stretch of highway. A wide range of groups throughout Kentucky now participate, including homemaker clubs, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, high school organizations, service clubs, veterans, college fraternities and sororities, sports teams and church groups, among others.
Volunteers adopt two-mile sections of highway under a two-year, renewable contract with the Transportation Cabinet. Adopt-a-Highway coordinators can explain the fundamentals of the program to volunteer groups, work with group members in locating an available highway, and keep them notified of news and upcoming events.
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 efforts.
HOW DO I JOIN?
Groups interested in becoming members of the Adopt-a-Highway Program can find details and district coordinator information online at www.transportation.ky.gov/adopt-a-highway. Safety guidelines are provided to volunteers and should be reviewed prior to each cleanup.
The Adopt-a-Highway coordinators help volunteers get in touch 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 litter bag removal is provided by the state highway crews.
For more information, please visit the website or call Area Coordinator Jenny Perkins at (800) 817-2551 in Flemingsburg.