RALEIGH- Cleaning up trash is a necessary chore -and an expensive one. That's why the N.C. Department of Transportation appreciates the efforts of the thousands of volunteers who commit to clearing litter along the state's roadways.
This week, NCDOT recognized 76 Adopt-A-Highway groups from Division 5 (Durham, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren Counties) for their dedicated service to the program.
Religious groups, families, community organizations and businesses across North Carolina team up to clear litter and beautify the state. Groups recognized have been participating in the program for 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 years.
"We deeply appreciate our dedicated Adopt-A-Highway volunteers," said N.C. Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson. "Their work helps preserve North Carolina's natural beauty while also saving taxpayers millions of dollars."
Each group recognized will receive service stars for their Adopt-A-Highway road signs denoting their years of participation. Groups with 10 and 25 years also receive service plaques.
NCDOT has administered the Adopt-A-Highway program since 1988. In 2014, groups collected more than 3.5 million pounds of litter along 9,000 miles of state roads, saving taxpayers more than $4.4 million. Adopt-A-Highway groups have saved taxpayers $14.6 million in the past three years alone.
For more information about the Adopt-A-Highway program or to view the groups being recognized for their service, visit the Adopt-A-Highway website.