Looking for a way to contribute back to your community and make a difference? The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is encouraging everyone to participate in their Adopt-a-Highway program. With their Fall Sweep Week beginning Sept. 16 and running through Sept. 22, Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said, “volunteers clean approximately 5,100 miles of roadside annually, setting an example of responsible environmental stewardship.”
“By reducing litter, the Adopt-a-Highway program promotes public environmental awareness and makes it easier to promote tourism,” said Hancock. “The program also creates a partnership between citizens, community and government, and establishes a sense of pride in our Bluegrass State.”
Each year the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spends approximately $5 million and 200,000 worker hours to remove 96,000 bags of litter from Kentucky highways. As an Adopt-a-Highway volunteer, thousands of taxpayer dollars can be saved through you and your groups’s efforts.
“The Adopt-a-Highway program is an excellent opportunity for folks to demonstrate their civic pride, their care for their community and environment,” said District 11 Kentucky Department of Highways Public Information Officer Jonathan Dobson. “It’s a way you can put your group’s name on a sign, and a great way of recognizing your group, business, organization or church. You can do this to honor your relatives, perhaps even honoring those who has passed on. It might be a road or community where they grew up, lived or ran a business or anything like that. We encourage anyone who has an interest in helping to improve their community’s image through cleanliness and get a little exercise in the process, to participate in our Adopt-a-Highway program.”
Any permanently established business, association, community or public organization, or government entity may adopt a stretch of highway. Groups such as homemaker clubs, Boy and Girl Scout troops, high schools, veterans, sports teams, college fraternities and sororities to name a few may adopt a two-mile section of highway under a two-year renewable contract with the Transportation Cabinet. Litter pickups are held at least four times per year or as many times as necessary to keep the area reasonably litter-free.
For more information about the program, you may contact Dobson at (606) 598-2145.
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