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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

District 10 • 338 Muskingum Drive • Marietta, OH 45750 • http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Districts/D10

Adopt-A-Highway and Great American Cleanup a Success

Local volunteers beautify southeastern Ohio roads

In conjunction with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, The Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Adopt-A-Highway Program had its official cleanup weekend March 27 through March 29. During the official cleanup, twelve Adopt-A-Highway groups volunteered to beautify southeastern Ohio roads for travelers over Easter weekend.

Originally developed in Texas in 1985, Ohio instituted the Adopt-A-Highway program in 1989. Since then, more than 1800 volunteers have joined forces through ODOT’s Adopt-A-Highway Program to beautify Ohio. The nine counties which make up ODOT’s District 10, Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Vinton, and Washington, have 103 Adopt-A-Highway groups. Each Adopt-A-Highway group saves ODOT $800 in litter pickup each year and collect more than 200,000 bags of trash from Ohio’s highways.

"Our road crews truly appreciate the Adopt-A-Highway volunteers as they make it possible for us to focus on the maintenance and construction projects," stated Jennifer Hasley, District 10’s Roadway Services Coordinator.

How it works…

Volunteer groups adopt a two mile section or an interchange along a State Route, United States Route or Interstate. Groups must adopt a roadway for two years and are asked to pick up a minimum of four times each year. ODOT provides safety training, trash bags, disposable safety vests and two signs to be used at the beginning of the two mile section. The only cost to each group is their time.

"The Adopt-A-Highway program is very rewarding for our group," said Dennis Perdew of the Beverly Lions Club, a fifteen year Gold Star member. "I only wish people took more pride in their community and not litter so much." The Beverly Lions Club picked up thirteen bags of trash in their two mile area.

Keep America Beautiful and the Great American Cleanup…

Keep America Beautiful formed in 1953 when a group of corporate and civic leaders met in New York City to discuss a revolutionary idea — bringing the public and private sectors together to develop and promote a national cleanliness ethic. Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program, takes place annually from March 1 through May 31, involving an estimated three million volunteers and attendees.

The 2008 Great American Cleanup resulted in…

· 86 million pounds of litter and debris removed from America’s landscape

· 15,200 junk cars removed

· 6,500 illegal dumpsites cleaned

· Cleanup of over 144,000 miles of roadway, 91,000 acres of parks and public lands, 7,000 miles of rivers, lakes and shorelines, and 6,000 miles of hiking, biking and nature trails

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To seamlessly link Ohio’s highways, railways, transit, aviation and port facilities, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will promote a world-class, integrated multi-modal transportation system that is cost-efficient, effective and reliable for all of the state’s citizens, businesses and travelers. ODOT District 10 serves Ohio’s multi-modal transportation needs in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Vinton & Washington Counties.

For more information contact David Rose at (740) 568-3904, ODOT District 10 Communications Office. Up-to-date traffic and construction information can be found online 24 hours a day at www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.