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FRED-57354

April 13, 2012



STATEWIDE SPRING CLEANUP DAY SET FOR APRIL 21-22
VDOT encourages Adopt-A-Highway participants to take part

FREDERICKSBURG— Virginia has set aside Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, as the statewide Spring Cleanup Day, a time for all residents to come out and pick up unsightly litter along the streets in their neighborhoods and along nearby highways.  The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is encouraging all Adopt-A-Highway Program participants to rally together to support this effort.

VDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway Program began in 1988 and is one of the largest litter control programs in the country.  To date, nearly 12,000 miles or 20 percent of state maintained roads have been adopted by volunteers that have committed to keep their two-mile section of roadway free of litter for a three year period.  More than 2,239 miles have been adopted throughout the 14-county Fredericksburg district.  


Adopt-A-Highway volunteers are asked to clean their section of roadway at least four times a year.  Participants are encouraged to schedule two of the cleanups in the spring, in conjunction with the statewide Spring Cleanup, and again in the fall during the Great State Trash-off.   Last year, volunteers contributed 31,800 hours of their time and picked up 26,300 bags of trash from 1,900 miles of roads statewide.  In exchange for their commitment to the program, VDOT will install signs at the beginning and end of the adopted section of road reflecting the group’s name.  The signs raise awareness to the group’s commitment to the community and to the environment.   


To learn more about the Adopt-A-Highway Program visit VDOT’s website or email fredericksburginfo@vdot.virginia.gov to find out more information about the program in your area.



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