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MoDOT celebrates 30th anniversary of Adopt-A-Highway program

The Missouri Department of Transportation’s litter prevention program turned 30-years-old. (File)

The Missouri Department of Transportation’s litter prevention program turned 30-years-old.

Missouri began its Adopt-A-Highway program in 1987, and the program in 2017 features more than 5,200 groups and 50,000 volunteers participate in the program, and more than 6,200 miles of roadway have been adopted.

“This extra help allows us to devote resources to other much needed tasks,” said MoDOT chief engineer Ed Hassinger.

Adopter groups include commercial and private enterprises, civic and non-profit organizations, families and individuals. Adopters perform about $1 million a year in litter cleanup and beautification efforts, according to MoDOT.

Participants in the program have four options: clean up litter; mow; beautify through landscaping or plant native Missouri wildflowers and grasses. MoDOT provides adopters with a certificate of appreciation, safety training and materials, and a sign with the group’s name posted on each end of the adopted highway section. MoDOT also provides trash bags and pick up and disposal.

Adopters must agree to adopt at least a half-mile of urban roadside or two miles of rural roadside; collect litter at least four times a year; sign a three-year agreement; submit an activity report to MoDOT and follow all safety procedures.

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