Help ODOT Clean Up Roadways
COLUMBUS Each year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
is forced to pull skilled workers off highway repairs to clean other
peoples trash, but this spring, ODOT is getting some help.
To bring attention to the litter problem around the state, ODOT
crews in all 12 districts are targeting litter this spring alongside
ODOTs Adopt-A-Highway groups, as well as cities and Keep Ohio
Beautiful affiliates. The effort is part of the national Great
This partnership will go a long way to beautifying our roads while
reducing our costs, said ODOT Director James Beasley, P.E., P.S. Not
only is litter a costly problem, but it also means we have to put
highway work on the back burner while were battling litter, which is
a continuous process in the spring and summer.
As part of the partnership, ODOT is working with Keep Ohio
Beautiful, Keep Columbus Beautiful and the city of Columbus for a
ceremonial event at Rhodes Park on Columbus west side March 31 at
8:30 a.m. ODOT Deputy Director Thomas J. Wester, Ohio Department of
Natural Resources Deputy Director Anthony Trevina and Columbus Mayor
Mike Coleman will be guest speakers.
In 2006, ODOT spent $5.5 million statewide on litter removal and
picked up 611,000 bags of trash, taking 297,000 man hours.
Litter is a preventable problem. Most litter collects along the
highways in one of two ways: 1) People intentionally throw trash from
their cars or 2) Trash falls from trucks whose loads have not been
We work hard to keep the highways looking good for the traveling
public, Wester said. But litter isnt like normal road repair. We
can find a remedy for just about every other problem on the road, but
litter keeps coming back.
The ceremonial event in Columbus will be followed by a litter
pickup effort at the Interstate 70/West Broad Street interchange, as
well as neighborhoods throughout Columbus. Volunteers can sign up to
help the day of the event.