Department of Highways, District 5
ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY FALL SWEEP WEEK IN BULLITT COUNTY
LOUISVILLE, 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 eight (8%) percent of the roads in Bullitt 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 Bullitt 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.
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.