Statewide program helps beautify highways

Sen. Mike Kowall

Sen. Mike Kowall

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall on Tuesday said that Michigan’s highway roadsides are set to be spruced up beginning this weekend.

Starting this Saturday, Sept. 22 and running through Sunday, Sept. 30, volunteer groups will remove litter and trash as part of the final 2018 Adopt-A-Highway pickup.

“The Adopt-A-Highway program enlists volunteer crews to collect debris three times a year to help keep the state’s highway roadsides clean, attractive and safe,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “Since 1990, these volunteers have collected more than one million bags of trash! The program has been a remarkable success.”

Adopt-A-Highway participants adopt both sides of a section of state highway roadside to clean up for at least a two-year period. A minimum two-mile stretch of roadway is recommended.

All types of state highways may be adopted, including two-lane roads, limited access highways, boulevards and business routes.

“About 2,800 groups clean 6,300 miles of highway each year, and sections of highway are still available to adopt,” Kowall said. “This is a great opportunity for scout troops, church groups, small and large businesses, service organizations and others. I encourage everyone to consider joining.”

Kowall said those who are interested in more information about the Adopt-A-Highway program should visit www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway.