Department of Highways, District 10
Adopt-A-Highway Summer Scrub Week in 10 Counties in Department of Highways District 10 June 18–25

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 10, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. Elkins, PIO
District 10
606-666-8841
hb.elkins@ky.gov
http://transportation.ky.giv/d10
 


JACKSON, KY (June 10, 2005) - "Let’s clean up the Bluegrass!" The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced today that the Adopt-a-Highway Summer Scrub Week will be held June 18– 25. To coincide with this program, the cabinet is also announcing an additional $1 million in funding to increase mowing and litter removal on key routes in the state.

At this time approximately 12 percent of the roads in the 10 counties in District 10 are adopted under the Adopt-A-Highway program. Counties in the district are Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet began the Adopt-A-Highway Program in 1988 to raise environmental awareness and discourage littering. Over the past 17 years, Adopt-A-Highway has become a successful educational tool. Today, more than 1,312 groups participate in Kentucky's program, cleaning approximately 8,327 miles annually.

"Participating groups demonstrate the importance of a clean environment by spreading the word and setting the example that littering is unacceptable behavior," stated acting Secretary Bill Nighbert. "The Adopt-A-Highway groups take pride in keeping their communities litter-free and beautiful; we certainly appreciate the efforts put forth by each group."

The program increases public environmental awareness, reduces littering, expands tourism, creates a partnership between citizens, community and government, and establishes a sense of pride in our Bluegrass State. The Transportation Cabinet salutes each and every participant, and thanks them for their tireless efforts to educate others.

In addition to the work annually performed by our many Adopt-A-Highway volunteers, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet also announces the authorization of an additional $1 million in funds to be used this summer for increased mowing and litter removal on interstates, parkways, select state primary routes and other high profile locations. The additional mowing cycle and litter removal will be performed under our current mowing contracts and are beginning this month.

The additional work is scheduled to be complete prior to the July 4th holiday weekend and will provide for a roadside landscape that is pleasing and attractive to motorists thus enhancing efforts to promote tourism in the Commonwealth. In addition, this work will provide for a safer roadside environment through improved visibility and by enhancing our efforts to manage and control noxious and invasive plants on our roadsides.

Each year, the Transportation Cabinet’s highway workers spend approximately 200,000 hours removing litter from Kentucky’s roadways, collecting over 96,000 bags of litter. The total yearly cost of litter removal averages $4 - 5 million.

GET INVOLVED!

How can you contribute to your community, make a difference, send a message and educate others, and have fun with friends all at the same time? Join Kentucky’s Adopt-A-Highway Program! By taking personal responsibility for one of your area roadways, you will be setting an example for your community.

The environment is everyone’s responsibility. Adopt-A-Highway provides the opportunity to be a part of the solution. As a volunteer, you will save thousands in taxpayer dollars and demonstrate to others the importance of a clean environment.

Any permanently established business, association, community or public organization, or government entity can adopt a stretch of highway. A wide range of groups throughout Kentucky now participate, including homemaker clubs, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, high school organizations, Rotary clubs, veterans, college fraternities and sororities, sports teams and Kiwanis clubs. (Sorry, those entities established for the sole purpose of pursuing legislative or regulatory changes are not eligible.)

Two-mile sections of highway are adopted for a period of two years. Groups sign a two-year contract with the Transportation Cabinet, which recognizes the need and desirability of a clean environment and permits the group to contribute toward that effort. Volunteer groups may renew the contract at the end of the two years.

Adopt-A-Highway coordinators can explain the fundamentals of the program to your group, work with group members in locating an available highway, and notify you of news and upcoming events.

Litter pickups are held at least four times per year or as many times as necessary to keep the area reasonably litter free. The Cabinet coordinates three annual clean-up efforts throughout the year.

HOW DO I JOIN?

Step 1 - Groups interested in becoming members of the Adopt-A-Highway Program can find specific details and district coordinator information at www.transportation.ky.gov, follow the links to Adopt-A-Highway. Safety guidelines are provided to volunteers and should be reviewed prior to each cleanup.

Step 2 - Your Adopt-A-Highway coordinator will help you get in touch with your county's maintenance crew superintendent to arrange warning sign placement on the date of your pickup. Trash bags and safety vests can be obtained at each state maintenance facility, and litter removal is provided by the state highway crews.

For more information, please visit our Web site at http://transportation.ky.gov/D10.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Ron Easter, District 10 coordinator, at the district office in Jackson at (606) 666-8841 or by E-mail at ron.easter@ky.gov.

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