Friday, Sept. 16, 2011
Contact: Media Information Officer Edward Cartagena
Phone: (619) 688-6670
Caltrans Announces Expansion of Adopt-A-Highway Program
SAN DIEGO – State highway officials gathered today to commemorate California Cleanup Day, and to point just how much taxpayer money is wasted each year on removing litter from our roadways.
“State taxpayers spend more than $2.5 million in the region each year on litter. It’s money that would be far better spent on improving our transportation system,” said California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Deputy Director of Maintenance Cory Binns. “We need motorists to take responsibility and do their part to help keep our roads clean.”
Caltrans relies on highway workers to periodically comb the roadside for litter, but that takes a backseat to the infinitely more important duties of keeping the motoring public safe with critical and timely repairs to pavement, guardrail, lighting, drainage, signs and signals.
That’s where the more than 200 Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups come in – spending countless hours cleaning up after others, collecting more than 50,000 bags of litter a year from their adopted stretches of highway.
The Adopt-A-Highway program currently includes short stretches of highway that are safely accessible by volunteers and will soon expand to include ramps and intersections. In exchange a courtesy sign is placed to recognize participants for their contributions.
There is still tremendous need for communities, groups and individuals to support and participate in the program. The public is encouraged to learn more about these opportunities to help keep San Diego’s freeways clear of trash through the Adopt-A-Highway Program.
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