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MDOT Encourages Volunteers To Clean Up Highways

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(WLNS) - Spring may have finally arrived, but the highways need some work.

After months of being covered by snow and ice, the ugly side of what accumulated alongside the highways is showing.

One clean-up program is coming back and the timing is perfect.

"Starting on Saturday, we have our first Adopt a Highway pick up of the year. We have three pick ups during the year, spring summer and fall," said Jon Ogar, MDOT spokesperson.

Those interested in beautifying a nearby highway can sign up through Michigan's government website.

Last year the program collected 70,000 bags of trash and debris, saving the state an estimated $5.5 million.

"The volunteers do us a great service by helping pick up litter that probably we couldn't be able to pick up," said Ogar.

Volunteers gather in groups of three or more on their designated highway. They are allowed to pick up roadside trash starting Saturday, April 12.

The rules are simple. "You have to be at least 12-years-old, and if you have young teens in the group then you have to have adult supervision. We also ask that a group number is at least three for safety reasons," said Ogar.

With safety in mind, volunteers are not responsible for picking up road kill.

But they need to, "bag up all the trash and put it on the shoulder. And then MDOT makes arrangements to have the trash picked up and taken to a local landfill."

This way the volunteers are helping the highways look clean and saving MDOT some money so it can focus on mending the roads and filling potholes.

To sign up to Adopt a Highway, click: MDOT Adopt a Highway

By Sharon Yoo, 6 News Intern

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