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Hoosier highways get spring cleaning

More than 90 percent of INDOT’s maintenance staff and over 100 volunteers will be out Friday to pick-up litter along Indiana state roads, US highways and interstates.

In the past, INDOT maintenance staff have worked with Indiana Department of Correction crews. The joint crew has picked up 22,123 bags of trash in the past five years, with 7,346 being picked up in 2017 alone. INDOT spends an average of $5.8 million on litter pick-up every year on the state’s 11,000 miles of roadway.

INDOT asks that all drivers be aware of the work zones that will be in place along the many heavily travelled routes. Motorists should move over and slow down to ensure the safety of the individuals operating along the roadway.

INDOT utilizes multiple distinct programs to minimize litter along the roadways. These programs include:

• Adopt-A-Highway coordinates with community groups that provide trash and litter pickup on two-mile segments of non-interstate Hoosier highways. INDOT will place a sign on the portion of highway these groups adopt.

• Sponsor-A-Highway is specifically for trash and litter pickup on one-mile segments of Hoosier interstates and some high-speed highways. Trash is picked up by a vendor hired by community groups

• Hoosier Gateways: INDOT staff facilitates individuals or groups interested in beautifying entrances to communities, cloverleaf or other interchanges, medians, roundabouts, or small segments of roadway by connecting them with proper community officials

INDOT encourages Hoosiers to prevent litter on Indiana highways and aid clean-up efforts. 

• Don’t litter: Set a good example for everyone, especially children.

• Be responsible: Carry a litter bag in your car instead of tossing trash out the window.

• Put a lid on it: Make sure trash can lids are securely fastened. Don’t put loose trash in boxes or untied bags for curbside pickup.

• Check on it: If you own a business, check dumpsters daily to ensure doors are closed.

• Report it: Report areas where people have illegally dumped garbage to INDOT’s Customer Service line at 855-463-6848.

• Adopt it: If you or your family is involved in a group, encourage the group to adopt a highway. More details at www.in.gov/indot/2598.htm.