Adopt-a-Highway Spring Clean Week slated

Staff Report

March 12, 2014

MANCHESTER — Volunteers will be out in force next week to spring clean highways in Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie and Whitley counties.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced Adopt-a-Highway Spring Clean Week is March 17-23.

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

More than 700 groups participate in Kentucky’s Adopt-a-Highway program, which was established in 1988.

Volunteers clean approximately 4,800 miles of roadside annually, setting an example of responsible environmental stewardship, he said.

Approximately 2 percent of eligible highways in the eight counties in District 11 are adopted.

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.