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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Volunteers will be out in force on Kentucky’s highways next week for Adopt-a-Highway’s “summer scrub.”
Summer Scrub Week is June 2-8.
Nearly 750 groups participate in Kentucky’s Adopt-a-Highway program, established in 1988. Volunteers clean approximately 5,100 miles of roadside annually, setting an example of responsible environmental stewardship.
The Adopt-a-Highway program promotes public environmental awareness and supports tourism. The program also creates a partnership between citizens, community and government, and establishes a sense of pride in the Bluegrass State.
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Keeping the environment clean is everyone’s responsibility. Each year, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spends about $5 million and 200,000 worker hours to remove 96,000 bags of highway litter. Adopt-a-Highway volunteers help save thousands of taxpayer dollars by helping to remove litter from the state’s roadways.
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, college fraternities and sororities, sports teams and church groups, among others.
Volunteers adopt two-mile sections of highway under a two-year, renewable contract with the KYTC.
Coordinators can explain the fundamentals of the program to volunteer groups, work with group members to locate an available highway, and keep them notified of news and upcoming events.
Adopt-a-Highway coordinators help volunteers get in touch with the county maintenance crew superintendent to arrange warning-sign placement on the date of pickup. Trash bags and safety vests can be obtained at each state maintenance facility, and litter removal is provided by the state highway crews.
Litter pickups are held at least four times per year to keep adopted areas reasonably litter-free. The cabinet coordinates three annual clean-up efforts.
To sign up or for more information, visit Adopt-a-highway.ky.gov. Safety guidelines are provided to volunteers and should be reviewed prior to each cleanup.
For questions or comments, call Miranda Thacker at (502) 564-3419 or send her an e-mail at Miranda.Thacker@ky.gov.