The snow plows have barely been off the road a week and now workers for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) are focusing their efforts on patching potholes and removing litter along highways throughout the state.
The annual Trash Bash runs through April 28, which is part of the department’s effort to raise awareness of the problem of litter.
INDOT crews, along with crews from the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) and Adopt-A-Highway, remove hundreds of tons of rubbish and debris from roadway edges in time for spring each year. In 2012, 15,812 bags of trash were collected from state highways and right-of-way areas.
“Cleaning up Hoosier highways is one of the ways that offenders can give back to the community and turn doing time into doing good,” DOC Commissioner Bruce Lemmon said in a press release. “Working with INDOT to help spruce up our great state is one of our agency’s favorite activities.”
INDOT encourages all Hoosiers to keep Indiana’s highways clean by not littering and by reporting areas where people have illegally dumped garbage to their local transportation, public works, or conservation office.
Organizations can become involved in helping beautify an area by participating in Adopt-A-Highway, Sponsor-A-Highway, or other highway beautification efforts. For more information on that, contact INDOT Customer Service by calling 1-855-463-6848 or by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.