Did you make a New Year's Resolution to volunteer this year, or maybe resolve to live a little "greener"? If not, it's not too late! The Adopt-A-Highway program it is an excellent opportunity to contribute toward a cleaner, "greener" environment in Lake County, and now is your opportunity to enroll in the program. The Division of Transportation is accepting applications through Jan. 27.
Since 1993, hard-working volunteers from various business, civic, not-for-profit, social and youth groups have dedicated their free time twice a year to remove litter from both sides of their adopted county highway. The program promotes teamwork, civic responsibility, helping the environment, and provides a valuable public service. Groups are recognized for their work with commemorative signs bearing their name that are placed on the roadway.
"We truly appreciate the volunteer efforts of citizens and organizations to help keep our roadways clean. Their efforts make a real difference. Thanks to their dedicated work, DOT maintenance crews can focus more time on road maintenance and other highway projects," said Marty Buehler, Director of Transportation/County Engineer.
The Division of Transportation provides participants with high-visibility safety vests, trash bags and safety information before dispatching the volunteers to remove litter from Lake County bike paths and highways. This program helps improve the appearance of the county's highway system, with volunteers removing more than 230,000 pounds of litter last year alone.
Current participants include groups such as:
Center for Global Initiatives
Canal Raiders Motorcycle Club
Liberty Waste & Recycling
Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District
Submit completed applications to the Lake County Division of Transportation
by January 27.
Mail: 600 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville, IL 60048
MORE: Lake County Division of Transportation website