Our local California Department of Transportation district will join with eleven other Caltrans districts as they take part in the nationwide ‘Great American Cleanup’ beautification campaign this Thursday, April 25th.
Last fiscal year, Caltrans spent more than $52 million on cleanup and trash removal along our highways. During its one day litter event in 2012, Caltrans workers collected more than 160,000 cubic yards of trash. That’s equivalent to 10,000 garbage trucks, which end- to-end would stretch from Susanville to Hallelujah junction.
Here in District 2, maintenance crews along with Adopt-A-Highway volunteers collected more than 34,000 (33-gallon) bags last year at a cost of approximately $330,00. District 2 encompasses Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties.
“Our maintenance crews do an excellent job cleaning up the roadways in Northern California,” said District 2 Director John Bulinski, “but litter pickup can be very time consuming. Having volunteers assist us with this task really makes a difference and allows us to focus on critical activities that help improve safety, operations and the overall condition of our highway network.”
For information on becoming an Adopt-A-Highway volunteer visit caltrans2.info. To find an available adoption site, contact Saedra Wederbrook, Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator, at 530-225-3277 or visit the newly developed map showing current adoptable locations at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist2/AAH_map/index.html
Caltrans would also like to remind the traveling public to please move over or slow down when they see Caltrans vehicles flashing warning lights along the side of the highways, and to Slow for the Cone Zone.