PennDOT Invites Volunteers to Join in Statewide Spring Cleaning

March 29, 2013
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PennDOT is seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania effort that runs through May 31.

The cleanup event is an annual effort sponsored by PennDOT, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, state Department of Environmental Protection and other partners. Groups involved in PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year round, are also encouraged to participate in the cleanup.

“These cleanup programs play a huge role in keeping Pennsylvania beautiful through cleaner roadsides and communities,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “It’s my hope that more individuals get involved and join the thousands of dedicated volunteers that participate in these efforts year after year.”

Interested individuals can find a listing of cleanup events, resources for organizing a cleanup, and other information about the effort online at www.gacofpa.org.
Groups interested in adopting a section of highway are encouraged to contact their local PennDOT County Maintenance office and ask for the AAH coordinator, or visit www.dot.state.pa.us.

During last year’s Great American Cleanup, 6.7 million pounds of litter was collected from Pennsylvania’s roads, trails and shorelines by more than 141,000 volunteers. PennDOT’s AAH program contributed nearly 78,000 volunteers who cleaned up nearly 53 percent of the collected litter on 10,960 miles of cleaned up roadway.

This year, cleanup partner Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is hosting its first-ever Great American Cleanup Video Contest. Interested individuals can send a three-to-five-minute video of their cleanup event to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful by May 24, with eventual voting on the group’s Facebook page. For contest rules and information visit www.gacofpa.org.

Through the AAH program, volunteers collect litter on a two-mile section of state highway four times a year. The program currently has nearly 7,000 participating groups, more than 125,000 volunteers and 15,834 miles of adopted state-maintained roadways.

In addition to the event, during the “Pick it Up PA Days” from April 20 to May 6 registered events have access to free disposal at participating landfills. PennDOT provides gloves, trash bags and safety vests to AAH and Great American Cleanup of PA groups.

PennDOT Doing Its Part in Pennsylvania’s Spring Cleanup

In an effort to improve our environment and clean up our local roadways, PennDOT maintenance crews throughout the nine north central Pennsylvania counties of Engineering District 3-0 are scheduled to pick up litter over the coming weeks.
Here is the tentative schedule, by county:

Columbia & Montour
I-80, Mile 216 to Luzerne County line, March 26-28;

Lycoming
Route 15, Trout Run to Tioga County line, March 28-April 1;
I-180 EB, Faxon to Montoursville, March 28;
Route 220 SB, Route 287 to Pine Run Road, March 28;

Northumberland
I-80, I-180 (all), April 1-3;

Snyder
Routes 11/15, Perry County line to Union County line, April 22-24;

Sullivan
Route 220, Sonestown Mountain area, March 11-April 1;

Tioga
Routes 6, 15, 49, 287, 328, 414, 549, 660, March 25-29;
Union
I-80, Clinton County line to Northumberland County line, April 22-24;

Bradford (April 19-22)
Route 220, Greens Landing to South Waverly;
Route 187, Wysox to New York State line;
Route 220, Towanda Bypass;
Route 6, east of Wyalusing to Wyoming County line;
Route 14, Tioga County line to Troy;
Route 14, Columbia Cross Roads to Fassett.
There are no anticipated lane closures during these cleanup activities, however, motorists are asked to be aware of this work and to slow down while traveling on the designated routes.