ASHLAND The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and volunteers from local Adopt-a-Highway groups will begin litter cleanup efforts this month as part of the Great American Cleanup and the Keep Ohio Beautiful program.
The annual Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement campaign, began this year on March 1 and continues through May 31. Keep America Beautiful, Inc. estimates that 2.8 million volunteers and attendees will participate in activities throughout this three-month period. Hardworking volunteers donated 7.7 million labor hours in 2007 to improve more than 17,000 communities.
Locally, ODOT District 3 is working with Keep Ohio Beautiful Affiliates and Adopt-a-Highway Groups to cleanup the 4,000-plus lane miles in north central Ohio. Every hour an Adopt-a-Highway Volunteer spends picking up litter along its highways is one more hour that a skilled Highway Technician can be out repairing roadway deficiencies, replacing culverts, or improving roadside berms.
In Huron County, ODOT recognizes the following "Gold Star" groups with five or more consecutive years of dedicated service to the Adopt-a-Highway Program: Bellevue Lions Club, Knights of Columbus 4th Degree; Dr. Michael Collins & Family; Eastman Funeral Home; Harley Riders Association; Roby Masonic Lodge 534; N. Fairfield Lion's Club/United Methodist Church; New London Rotary; and Mt. Vernon 64 F&AM.