The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 1, 2014

Spring cleaning: Adopt-A-Highway a popular outlet

SUNBURY — Even though it doesn’t look or feel like it — winter is over.

And that means it’s time to start cleaning up. Just ask the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Of the 156 groups who have adopted roads, more than 500 miles of road are in Northumberland, Snyder, Montour and Union counties.

PennDOT offers a variety of beautification programs and one of those is the “Adopt-A-Highway” initiative, coordinator Lyndon Mink, of PennDOT’s District 3 office, said.

“I believe these programs work,” he said. “We continue to get more and more volunteers.”

Northumberland County has 69 groups that clean 294 of the 528 miles of state road, while Snyder has 39 groups beautifying 88 of the 321 miles of road.

Union County has 37 groups cleaning 90 of the 313 miles of road, while 11 groups clean 30 of the 172 miles of road in Montour County, Mink said.

Groups or volunteers sign up for a two-year program to pick up litter at least four times a year, Mink said.

“PennDOT posts signs along the highway giving groups full credit for their efforts,” Mink said. “Now is the time of year that groups begin to get started.”

Usually groups adopt two miles of road, Mink said.

“We could always use more volunteers,” Mink said

PennDOT provides trash bags, orange safety vests and gloves to volunteers.

“After the garbage is collected a PennDOT truck will pick it up,” Mink said. “We are appreciative of the time and labor the volunteers put in and we try to help as much as we can.”

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