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Adopt-A-Highway Teams Set For 2nd Cleanup Of Year

Lansing, MI - Motorists should be on the lookout beginning Saturday as thousands of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers fan out to pick up litter along state roadways.

Participants in the popular Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Adopt-A-Highway program will be scouring highway roadsides from July 12 to 20 during the second of three scheduled pickups this year.

"These volunteers are performing a great community service," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "After cost overruns from the brutal winter, Adopt-A-Highway crews give a financial boost to MDOT, and the entire state, by doing a necessary job that we otherwise couldn't fund."

In 2013, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers reported collecting about 70,000 bags of trash, a $5.5 million value for the state. Volunteers wear high-visibility, yellow-green safety vests required by federal regulations when working within a highway right of way. MDOT provides free vests and trash bags, and arranges to haul away the trash.

Volunteers include members of civic groups, businesses and families. Crew members have to be at least 12 years old and each group must number at least three people.

Sections of highway are still available for adoption. Interested groups should check the MDOT Adopt-A-Highway website at for more information. Groups are asked to adopt a section of highway for at least two years. There is no fee to participate. Adopt-A-Highway signs bearing a group's name are posted along the stretches of adopted highway.

The year's final Adopt-A-Highway pickup is scheduled for the fall, from Sept. 20 to 28.