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Warmer weather means it is time for spring cleaning – and Indiana’s highways are no exception. Each year, INDOT and Adopt-A-Highway groups conduct a major statewide effort to clean up Indiana’s highways during Trash Bash.
For more than a dozen years, INDOT workers, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers and Department of Correction (DOC) crews have joined forces to spring clean Indiana interstates during Trash Bash. Each year, hundreds of tons of trash are collected and Indiana highways are spruced up in time for the summer driving season.
In 2013, for example, clean-up crews collected 20,678 bags of trash and 1,256 cubic yards of loose debris from 3,417 miles of state highways and rights-of-way. More than 1,600 Adopt-A-Highway volunteers logged 6,616 hours in this effort, along with additional hours by INDOT and DOC crews. The cost savings for Indiana taxpayers for these Adopt-A-Highway volunteers totaled more than $98,000.
Motorists should be on the lookout for Trash Bash crew-up crews along Indiana highways. When drivers encounter a work crew, they should slow down and be alert for changing traffic patterns.
Litter is a costly problem. According to Keep America Beautiful, Inc., people little because:
Although motorists and pedestrians are often blamed for littering along roadsides, there are actually seven primary sources. These include household trash handling and placement, business dumpsters, loading docks, construction and demolition truck loads, uncovered truck loads, pedestrians, and motorists.
Litter is blown away by wind and traffic or carried by water. It moves until trapped by a curb, building or fence. Once litter has accumulated, it invites people to add more.
Each year, INDOT must spend money and employee man hours picking up litter along state highways and roads. This money and time could be better spent improving Indiana's roadways or rest areas rather than little pick-up.
To help keep Indiana highways clean, restore our state's natural beauty, and save tax dollars, please follow these steps:
If you or a member of your family is involved in a civic group, scouting or recreational sports program, encourage the group to join the Adopt-A-Highway Program. Visit the Adopt-A-Highway Program web page or call 317-232-5533 for more information.
Roadside Services Coordinator
Highway Maintenance Division
100 N. Senate Ave. IGCN, Room 901
Indianapolis, IN 46204