Department of Highways, District 11
ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY FALL SWEEP WEEK IN WHITLEY COUNTY September 17th – 23rd

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 12, 2006  
Contact Information:  Sandy Rudder
Public Information Officer
606-598-2145
Sandy.Rudder@ky.gov
 


MANCHESTER, KY (September 12, 2006) - “Let’s ‘Fall Sweep’ the Bluegrass!”  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced today that the Adopt-a-Highway Fall Sweep Week will be held September 17th – 23rd!  At this time approximately one (1%) percent of the roads in Whitley County are adopted.

More than 1,382 groups now participate in Kentucky's program, cleaning approximately 9,100 miles annually. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet began the Adopt-A-Highway Program in 1988.

 “Participating groups demonstrate the importance of a clean environment by spreading the word and setting the example that littering is unacceptable behavior,” stated Secretary Bill Nighbert.  “The Adopt-A-Highway groups take pride in keeping Whitley County 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.

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, 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 Website at http://www.kytc.state.ky.us/d11 and follow the links to Adopt-a-Highway. 

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Sandy Rudder sandy.rudder@ky.gov at the District Office in Manchester or telephone 606.598.2145.

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