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August 2, 2013


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 Keely Wells, Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator


Al Giertych, Assistant County Engineer


Help Keep Lake County Roads Litter Free with 'Adopt-A-Highway'
Open enrollment for the Lake County Division of Transportation's Adopt-a-Highway takes place August 1 through August 31. 

Since 1993, the program has grown to 232 groups removing litter from both sides of their adopted county highway.  In addition to boosting teamwork, this program helps the environment, provides a valuable public service and promotes civic responsibility. Adopt-a-Highway volunteers saved taxpayers $305,000 last year in labor costs by picking up glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bags and other debris from the highway. 

Each group is recognized with a commemorative sign at their adopted location. LCDOT provides participants with high visibility safety vests, trash bags, and safety information. Volunteers commit to picking up trash at least twice a year.

"We are truly grateful for the volunteer efforts of residents and organizations to help keep our roadways clean through our Adopt-a-Highway Program. Thanks to their effort, approximately 225,000 pounds of trash was removed from Lake County roads and bike paths last year. Their hard work makes a real impact, " said Paula Trigg, Director of Transportation/County Engineer.

AdoptAnniversary play button In April, Adopt-a-Highway celebrated its 20th anniversary. To learn more about this milestone, and the groups that were recognized for their 20-years of service, watch this video.

Don't miss out on your opportunity to be a part of the next 20 years! Open enrollment will take place August 1 through August 
31. Participants must be at least ten years of age and anyone younger than 18 years of age must have adult supervision.

For more information or to see a list of sections available please visit the Division of Transportation's Adopt a Highway Program webpage or call 847.377.7472.  
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