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April 19, 2016

Motorists should be alert for Adopt-a-Highway volunteers working along roads on, around April 22

RICHMOND, Va. – It’s time for spring cleaning! That means the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is focusing on clean-up along the commonwealth’s highways. 

VDOT is encouraging Adopt-a-Highway groups, and anyone interested in making a positive contribution to his or her community, to help pick up litter in honor of Earth Day April 22.

Adopt-a-Highway volunteers “Virginia’s Adopt-a-Highway volunteers not only serve an important role in keeping our roadsides clean and attractive,” said VDOT Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick. “Their efforts also save the state more than $1.5 million each year that would have been spent on litter pickup.”

On and around Earth Day, drivers should use extra caution and be alert for signs along the highway indicating litter pick-up is taking place. 

During that time, thousands of Adopt-a-Highway participants will be picking up litter in close proximity to many of Virginia’s primary and secondary roadways.

VDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program began in 1988 and is one of the largest in the country. 

Groups who commit to the program choose a stretch of highway and pick up litter at their location at least twice a year for a three-year period.

VDOT provides safety training and needed equipment, and acknowledges each group with a sign along the chosen section of highway after two documented pick-ups. 

Each year, nearly 17,000 Adopt-a-Highway volunteers collect more than 25,000 bags of waste along Virginia’s highways.

Anyone interested in adopting a section of highway should call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or email adoptahighway@VDOT.virginia.gov

Find out more about the Adopt-a-Highway program and how you can become a volunteer at http://www.virginiadot.org/programs/prog-aah-default.asp.

How else can you help support the Adopt-a-Highway mission?

When you travel:

  • Secure trash in bags. Keep bags in the car to collect trash while traveling, and dispose of them properly.
  • Use a travel mug. Eliminate the need for paper and Styrofoam cups.
  • Set an example. Others will follow your lead.


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