Adopt-A-Highway available for anyone
Whether it's individuals, groups or organizations, they all have the same mission in mind: wanting to keep their environment clean.
That is the purpose of the Adopt-A-Highway program established in Pierce County since 1995.
The Pierce County Highway Department coordinates the program and breaks down the Adopt-A-Highway by two-mile sections for county roads. If any group is interested in adopting a highway, all one has to do is head to the highway department, fill and sign a form, meaning they agree to the terms and conditions, some of which include picking up the litter a minimum of three times a year between April 1 and Nov. 1., all participants being at least 11-years-old and wear vests (the highway department will also supply the garbage bags, traffic safety signs and a safety video), the department will also remove the filled trash bags as soon as possible after the pickup and, if the group encounters closed containers or items suspected to be hazardous, the items shall be flagged, but not touched.
Parking is also addressed. The group shall make arrangements for off-road parking or shuttle bus-type to travel to the worksite. All vehicles at the pickup site shall be parked at the nearest cross street, if possible, or at least three feet from the pavement when parking on the highway.
"People usually adopt stretches in front of their house, which is the best way because they live there," said Highway Patrol Superintendent Al Thoner.
For more please read the May 7 print version of the Herald.