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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 2014, for example, clean-up crews collected 16,471 bags of trash and 9,394 cubic yards of loose debris from 1,486 miles of state highways and rights-of-way. More than 2,400 Adopt-A-Highway volunteers logged 10,270 hours in this effort, along with additional hours by INDOT and DOC crews.
Motorists should be on the lookout for 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 litter because:
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 litter pick-up.
To help keep Indiana highways clean, restore our state's natural beauty, and save tax dollars, please follow these steps:
Roadside Services Coordinator
Highway Maintenance Division
100 N. Senate Ave. IGCN, Room 901
Indianapolis, IN 46204