|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||CONTACT: 217-782-6953|
|APRIL 16, 2002||TTY: 217-524-4875|
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. -- Adopt-A-Highway for a day! The Illinois Department of
Transportation (IDOT) announced today a statewide litter pick-up day will be
held Saturday, April 20. More than 1,400 Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) groups are being
invited to participate in this semi-annual statewide event, and motorists are
being asked to stay alert.
Litter is a huge problem in Illinois. IDOT picks up more than 130,000
bags of trash from the highway each year--enough bags to cover more than 9
football fields. The expense to collect and get rid of the litter costs Illinois
taxpayers more than $10.5 million annually.
Adopt-A-Highway groups have adopted more than 2,800 miles of highway in
Illinois. In order to cover more miles, IDOT is inviting the public to
participate in this litter pick-up day.
"Even though we have many dedicated volunteers who regularly pick up
litter from their adopted sections of roadway, there are still areas in need of
being cleaned," said Transportation Secretary Kirk Brown. "We are inviting the
public to choose an unadopted section of highway, contact their area
Adopt-A-Highway coordinator to let them know where they will be, and then go out
on Saturday, April 20 and clean up the roadsides."
The Department will provide bags for the litter and will send maintenance
crews to collect the bags from pre-designated areas after the pick up. A few
important rules to remember include no interstate pick up, wear heavy
gloves and boots or sturdy shoes, and don’t pick up anything gross or dangerous.
Do not go out without first contacting the area coordinator.
"We are urging motorists to be especially careful of these volunteers,"
Brown stated. "They are doing a great service for Illinois, and we ask that you
slow down if you see anyone on the sides of the roadways on April 20."
Please check this list of the coordinators
and the counties they cover. Any general questions, please call the AAH
state coordinator, Barb Welk at 217-782-6953.