The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is holding an annual cleanup for the Adopt a Highway program the week of March 17 through March 23.
According to Public Affairs Officer Les Dixon, the cabinet designates three such clean ups per year.
“This one is the Spring Clean week,” said Dixon. “It’s in Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie and Whitley counties.”
Dixon said the Adopt-a-Highway Program sponsors litter pickups throughout the year as necessary.
Dixon mentioned that the groups that adopt sections of highway participate by cleaning up the section of highway the group has adopted.
“Most of our groups have adopted 2 miles of highway,” said Dixon.
Dixon said the transportation cabinet’s Adopt-a-Highway Program, established in 1988, only applies to state highways.
The Adopt a Highway Program has seen participation by all sorts of organizations and groups, said Dixon.
“It’s a wide range of groups,” said Dixon. “You can have homemaker clubs, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, high school organizations, rotary clubs, veterans and even college fraternities and sororities.”
Dixon said the groups sign a contract with the transportation cabinet to take part in the activity.
“They sign a contract…which recognizes the need of a clean environment,” said Dixon. “It permits the group to contribute toward that effort. They can renew that contract at the end of two years.”
Dixon said there are more than 700 groups that are taking part in the Adopt-a-Highway Program statewide.
“It’s been really successful,” said Dixon, referring to the Adopt-a-Highway program. “Volunteers are cleaning approximately 4,800 miles of roadside annually.”
The state places signs along sections of highway identifying the group that has adopted that section.
According to a press release, groups interested in becoming members of the Adopt-a-Highway Program can find details and district coordinator information at http://adopt-a-highway.ky.gov/. Safety guidelines are provided to volunteers and should be reviewed prior to each cleanup.
Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde