Adopt-A-Highway begins

The Michigan Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway program will kick off its 2018 season across the state beginning this weekend, concluding April 22.

Volunteers pick up litter three times a year. The next two pickups will be July 14 to 22 and Sept. 22 to 30.

The AAH program began in Michigan in 1990. Today, more than 2,800 groups have adopted more than 6,300 miles of state highway. The volunteers collect 65,000 to 70,000 bags of trash annually, an estimated $5 million value for the state.

Volunteers wear high-visibility, yellow-green safety vests required by federal regulations when working within a highway right of way. MDOT provides free vests and trash bags, and arranges to haul away the trash.

Volunteers include members of various civic groups, businesses and families. Crew members have to be at least 12-years-old and each group must include at least three people.

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