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Your group can adopt a highway

Joseph Walls
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Vail CO Colorado

Members of my bicycling club are interested in volunteering some of our time to a cause which would benefit the environment. Do you have any suggestions?

– Myra in Eagle

Thanks for the great question, Myra. It is wonderful that your club is willing to get involved in our community, while doing something positive for the environment.

Since your club is probably spending a fair amount of time riding on Eagle County highways, one activity that might be appealing is the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program.

Below are details regarding who can participate in the program, what to expect, and how to get started.

The Adopt-A-Highway program is open to nonprofit organizations, church groups, civic groups, individuals, families, and employees or friends of a commercial business. It sounds as though your club would certainly be eligible to participate.

What would be expected? The Adopt-A-Highway program does not cost any money to your group; however, it does require the dedication of some time and energy.

Your group can choose to adopt any available two mile stretch of highway in your area. You would be expected to collect trash on both sides of the road approximately four times a year. You can also choose to adopt multiple sections of highway.

CDOT provides your group with the litter bags, safety vests, safety videos, and they also haul away the bags of litter that are collected.

The Adopt-A-Highway program has certain requirements that your group must follow, such as notifying CDOT 30 days in advance before picking up the litter, signing a written agreement and not interfering with the flow of traffic.

As appreciation for your participation in the program, CDOT will place and maintain a highway sign with the name of your organization that will mark your adopted stretch of highway.

Your organization could potentially receive new members, positive public relations and recognition for your commitment to the environment from people who see your highway marker.

Participating in the program can create a bond and a sense of civic pride for the group members.

If you are interested and would like to learn more about the Adopt-A-Highway program, visit http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/adopt-a-highway or contact the program coordinator for Eagle County, Emily Trujillo, at 970-524-0625 or Emily.e.trujillo@dot.state.co.us.

Brenda Bregoli co-wrote this column.

Joseph Walls is hazardous-waste specialist at the Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste facility, located at the landfill in Wolcott. The facility is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Call 970-328-3468 or visit http://www.eaglecounty.us/recyclingwaste for information.


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