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Indiana college students, like these from the
University of Southern Indiana, help with INDOT's
annual Trash Bash spring cleanup. Warmer weather means it is time for spring cleaning – and Indiana’s highways are no exception. From April 2-24, 2011, INDOT and Adopt-A-Highway groups will conduct a major statewide effort to clean up Indiana’s highways during Trash Bash.
For more than a dozen years, INDOT crews and Adopt-A-Highway volunteers have joined forces to spring clean Indiana interstates during Trash Bash. Each year, hundreds of tons of trash is collected and Indiana highways are cleaned up in time for the summer driving season.
In 2010, INDOT workers and Adopt-A-Highway groups collected more than 11,083 bags of trash and 79.5 tons of loose debris from 3,000 miles of state highways and right-of-way. A total of 621 Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups logged 14,975 hours in this effort, along with additional hours by available INDOT staff and Indiana Department of Corrections forces.
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.
Roadside Services Coordinator
Highway Maintenance Division
100 N. Senate Ave. IGCN, Room 901
Indianapolis, IN 46204