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More groups wanted to keep Minnesota highways clean

By Randy Thoms May 2, 2024 | 4:40 PM

Minnesota is closing in on the 35th anniversary of a volunteer program for clearing litter and debris along highways and rest areas.

With spring in full bloom, officials call on residents to maintain this service.

In the early 1990s, Minnesota launched its Adopt a Highway initiative.

Last year, roughly two thousand church groups, community organizations, business teams, and individuals filled up more than 42,000 bags of trash.

The Department of Transportation’s spokesperson, Anne Meyer, says about 900 sections of state roadways are available for adoption this year.

By pitching in, she says volunteers allow MNDOT staff to focus on other needs.

“Filling potholes, fixing fences, really keeping roadways safe,” says Meyer.

People considering volunteering can adopt a roadway section or rest area for two years and clean it at least twice a year.

There is also an option for a one-time clearing of garbage near a state highway.

The agency provides training, resources, and safety vests.

Meyer encourages drivers to use caution if they approach an area with volunteer crews at work.

A lot of our volunteers do go out and pick up trash on the weekends. So, that’s a time to really be alert out there for those volunteers – to slow down, to give them space, to do their job safely.”

More details are on the department’s website, including a list of local coordinators around the state.

(Files from Mike Moen/Minnesota News Connection)