Paint Valley ROTC Pitches In For Adopt-A-Highway
Chillicothe - With the arrival of warm weather, volunteers across the state are pitching in to assist in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program, and the Paint Valley Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is among those doing their part.
In their third outing this year, seven members of the Paint Valley Junior ROTC collected five bags of litter along a two-mile stretch of highway in Ross County. On May 11, Mike Pennington, Ben Krech, Travise Draise, John Campbell, Michael Mayes, Bert Hansen and Sean Bachman teamed up after school to collect trash along U.S. Route 50.
“Litter is an eyesore that becomes an expensive public concern, and removing it from our state’s highways is a continual maintenance challenge that is difficult to meet due to limited staff,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director James Brushart. “Therefore, we appreciate the commitment of groups like the Paint Valley Junior ROTC to participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program and promote roadway beautification in Ross County.”
Started in 1989, the Adopt-A-Highway program solicits volunteers from area organizations to collect litter along a section of a state, federal or interstate route. Volunteer groups adopt a two-mile section of highway or an interchange at least four times a year, and those who sign up with the program adopt for two years.
The Ohio Department of Transportation provides participating groups with trash bags and safety vests at no cost, and ODOT also posts a sign inscribed with the group’s name within the adopted section of highway. Anyone interested in becoming involved with the Adopt-A-Highway program in Ross County should contact the county’s ODOT facility at 740-773-3191.
For Further Information, Contact: Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
Ohio Department of Transportation, District 9
1-740-774-8834, direct line & outside Ohio
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio