Mother Nature has been relentless this winter, and now that the snow has melted itâ€™s time for spring cleaning of our highways and byways. The Indiana Department of Transportationâ€™s (INDOTâ€™s) annual Trash Bash runs through the month of April and coincides with National Earth Day to aid in raising awareness of litter.
In 2013 more than 20,678 bags of trash were collected from alongside 3,400 miles of Indiana roadways by INDOT maintenance crews, Indiana Department of Correction offender crews and 1,633 Adopt-A-Highway volunteers.Â Also collected were 1,256 cubic yards of loose debris which included some strange items such as an electric meter, laptop, horse whip and cash.
â€śThe Department of Corrections strives to rehabilitate offenders in many ways and cleaning up Hoosier highways is one program that allows them to give back to the community and turn doing time into doing good,â€ť said Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Bruce Lemmon. â€śPartnering with INDOT in their Annual Trash Bash and helping brighten up our great state is one of our agencyâ€™s favorite activities.â€ť
INDOT encourages all Hoosiers to keep Indianaâ€™s highways clean by following some simple tips:
- Donâ€™t litter: Set a good example for everyone, especially children.
- Be responsible: Carry a trash bag in your car instead of tossing litter out the window.
- Report it: Report areas where people have illegally dumped garbage to your local transportation, public works or conservation office.
- Adopt it: To find out how your group can become involved in helping beautify an area near you by participating in Adopt-A-Highway, Sponsor-A-Highway or other highway beautification efforts please contact INDOT Customer Service for northwest Indiana at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
As you travel along Indianaâ€™s roadways watch for crews as they are cleaning the roadside.Â Reduce your speed, use caution and consider worker safety when traveling through the area. For the latest news and information about INDOT, please visit www.in.gov/indot.
Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the Districtâ€™s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOTâ€™s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.