Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring brings highway cleaning

With spring in full swing, both Ohio and Kentucky are gearing up for annual roadway cleanup efforts.

In Ohio, the Ohio Department of Transportation and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful are seeking volunteers to clean up litter along interstate highways and ramps during this year's State Roadway Cleanup.

The event begins Saturday at 8:30 A.M. with volunteer registration at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.

Volunteers will be assigned and driven to designated locations inside the Interstate 275 loop.

To participate, online registration is required prior to the event.

Thanks to a new partnership, the first 500 volunteers will receive free admission to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

In Kentucky, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is seeking volunteers groups to join its Adopt-A-Highway program during its annual Spring Clean Week, taking place from March 20-26.

Any permanent established business, association, community or public organization, or government entity is eligible to adopt a two-mile section of highway, under a two-year, renewable contract with KYTC.

More than 900 groups participate in Kentucky's Adopt-A-Highway program, cleaning approximately 6,800 miles of roadside annually. Litter pickups are held at least four times a year, with the KYTC coordinating three annual cleanup efforts.

"The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet appreciates the efforts of our Adopt-a-Highway volunteers who help keep our highways and communities beautiful and litter-free," KTYC Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said in a prepared release.

Photo courtesy Lucio Eastman via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

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