Spring cleaning along Michigan highways begins this month
By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
EAST LANSING, MI (WNEM) -
Volunteers participating in the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Adopt-A-Highway program will pick up litter along state highways from April 13-21, the first of three scheduled pickups this year.
"The spirit of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers is Pure Michigan," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "They keep our roadsides looking great, and help MDOT direct its limited resources to fixing our roads."
Volunteers include members of various civic groups, businesses and families. Crew members must be at least 12 years old and each group must number at least three people.
In 2012, Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups reported collecting about 65,000 bags of trash, a cost benefit to the state of $5.6 million. Volunteers wear high-visibility, yellow-green safety vests required by federal regulations when working within a highway's right of way. MDOT provides the vests and trash bags for free, and arranges to haul away the trash.
Sections of highway are still available for adoption. Interested groups should check the MDOT web page at www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway for more information. Groups are asked to adopt a section of highway for at least two years. There is no fee to participate. Adopt-A-Highway signs bearing a group's name are posted along the stretches of adopted highway.
Because of snow still on the ground, the first Adopt-A-Highway pickup for northern lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula will be later, from April 27 to May 5. Statewide, there will be a summer pickup from July 13-21, and a fall pickup from Sept. 21-29.
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