Be Alert For Adopt-A-Highway Volunteers On Our Roads This Weekend

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Adopt A Highway 110th Air Wing volunteers

Volunteers from the 110th Airlift Wing in Battle Creek in 2013.

LANSING, Mich. — Volunteers will be picking up litter on the side of Michigan’s highways this weekend.

Participants of the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program will perform their main duty: picking up after sloppy drivers who have thrown trash out their windows, retrieving stuff that has somehow blown off trailers and car tops, and various items whose origins are a mystery.

This year’s volunteers are always appreciated, but maybe a bit more this year than other years.  “I want to thank Adopt-A-Highway volunteers for stepping up to clean our roadsides and help MDOT focus its limited funds on fixing our roads,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle in a release.

Highway cleanup will not take place all at one time, due to weather. Volunteers in southern lower Michigan will be walking the shoulders April 12 – 20. Cleanup of highways in northern lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula will wait until April 26 – May 4 because snow is still on the ground many areas to the north.

In 2013, groups filled about 70,000 trash bags, saving taxpayers $5.5 million in cleanup costs, says MDOT.

Volunteers will be picking up litter again in July and in September.

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