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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Volunteers hitting the highway(s) to help keep Kentucky beautiful and litter-free

Volunteers will be out in force next week to “fall sweep” Kentucky highways. It’s part of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Adopt-a-Highway Fall Sweep Week Sept. 15-21.


Nearly 750 groups now participate in Kentucky’s Adopt-a-Highway program, which the cabinet established in 1988. Volunteers clean approximately 5,100 miles of roadside annually, setting an example of responsible environmental stewardship.

By reducing litter, the Adopt-a-Highway program promotes public environmental awareness and makes it easier to promote tourism. The program also creates a partnership between citizens, community and government, and establishes a sense of pride in the Bluegrass State.

“The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet appreciates the efforts of our Adopt-a-Highway volunteers. For 25 years they have worked selflessly to keep roadways in their communities beautiful and litter-free,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said.

How you can get involved

How can you contribute to your community, make a difference, send a message and educate others – all while having fun with friends and family? 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.

Each year, the KYTC spends about $5 million and 200,000 worker hours to collect and remove 96,000 bags of litter from Kentucky roadways. As an Adopt-a-Highway volunteer, you will save thousands in taxpayer dollars and demonstrate to others that a clean environment is important.

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, service clubs, veterans’ organizations, college fraternities and sororities, sports teams, neighborhood associations and church groups, among others.

Volunteers adopt two-mile sections of highway under a two-year, renewable contract with the Transportation Cabinet.
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.

Groups interested in becoming members of the Adopt-a-Highway Program can find details and district coordinator information here. Safety guidelines are provided to volunteers and should be reviewed prior to each cleanup.

For more information, click here. For questions or comments, contact Miranda Thacker, 502-564-3419, or email Miranda.Thacker@ky.gov.

From Kentucky Transportation Cabinet