PennDOT Seeks Volunteers for Adopt-A-Highway Program | News, Sports, Jobs


Spring cleaning doesn’t just apply to indoor spaces.

PennDOT is looking for volunteers to adopt sections of freeways.

“The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is looking for volunteers to participate in the Northwest Region’s Adopt-A-Highway programs, which clean up trash from state-owned highways,” according to district press secretary Jill Harry.

“With spring fast approaching, PennDOT’s Northwest Region begins its annual campaign to increase participation in the AAH program,”District 1 AAH Coordinator Cheryl Wimer said. “Groups can adopt state-owned grassy areas or one of nearly 3,000 currently unassigned miles.”

“We are looking for community members to partner with us to clean up debris and litter along the roads and help protect Pennsylvania’s beauty,” Wimer said.

The requirements are quite simple. “Through PennDOT’s AAH program, volunteers collect trash on a two-mile section of the state highway at least twice a year, usually in the spring and fall,” said Harry. “As of 2021, the statewide program had more than 5,000 participating groups, nearly 108,000 registered volunteers, and more than 7,500 miles of state-adopted and maintained roads.”

In the region, the 476 groups on the program have adopted 1,100 miles.

That leaves a lot of work to do.

“In addition to one of the 2,995 miles of road, there are other areas in each county that can be adopted,” said Harry. “Roads and other areas can be embraced by individuals or groups of all kinds, including clubs, schools, churches, businesses and families. In exchange for their participation, PennDOT posts signs along the roadway acknowledging the volunteers for their efforts.

“Interested groups and individuals can enroll in the program by going online to www.adoptahighway.penndot.gov,” she says.

Information on available motorway sections is available on the website.

“We thank all the volunteers who give their time every year to renew their agreements, register their cleaning efforts and spend a few hours picking up trash along our roadways,” Wimer said. “It goes without saying that we could never do all this work without them.”



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