Adopt-A-Highway Numbers 11 Jun 13

Minnesota transportation officials say volunteers pick up an estimated 26,000 tons of trash along state highways each year. The Department of Transportation figures the volunteers save the state an estimated $6-million annually. The Adopt-A-Highway program is currently staffed with more than 49,000 volunteers who clean up litter from 11,000 miles of Minnesota highways. The program requires at least a 2-year commitment to pick up trash two or three times a year, and allows state road crews to spend more time on highway improvement and safety projects. Only state workers are responsible for picking up trash along the interstate.