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Wisconsin's Adopt A Highway Begins

Saturday, April 12th, 2014 -- 8:26 AM

It?s that time of year when Wisconsin?s Adopt-a-Highway volunteers can be seen picking up a winter?s worth of trash along state highways.

Wisconsin is home to nearly 3,000 groups who are asked to pick up trash along their assigned two-mile segment of state highway at least three times per year. Last year, Wisconsin Adopt-a-Highway workers picked up an estimated 190 tons of trash and recyclables along state roadways.

WisDOT furnishes safety vests and ?highway worker? signs, a safety training video, trash bags, and two permanent signs identifying the group. Trash and recyclables are placed alongside roadways and picked up by county highway workers.

WisDOT offers the following safety tips for Adopt-a-Highway volunteers: Display the ?highway worker? signs, wear appropriate clothing, don?t get too close to roadway pavement or shoulders, don?t pick up anything that can?t be identified and ensure that the team leader or someone is carrying a cell phone.

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