Road crews, volunteers collect over 440,000 bags of trash
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, May 1, 2017) – Last year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Adopt-A-Highway volunteers and inmates collected over 440,000 bags of trash from Ohio’s roadways – nearly 18,000 of those bags were collected from state, U.S. and interstate routes across eastern Ohio.
“Litter is a persistent and preventable problem,” said ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam. “Not only is it expensive to pick up, but it takes us away from more important work, like pothole patching, culvert replacements and guardrail repairs.”
Statewide, ODOT spent $4.4 million last year picking up trash; locally, it cost ODOT $122,000.
ODOT’s 1,400 Adopt-A-Highway groups help by cleaning a two-mile section of highway, or an interchange, a minimum of four times a year for two years. On average, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers pick up 25,000 bags of trash a year, saving ODOT $280,000 annually.
ODOT crews from District 11 will dedicate this Friday, May 5th, to picking up litter in all seven of its eastern Ohio counties.
The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset – the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email Becky.Giauque@dot.ohio.gov