Owen County Spring Clean Week continues

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Inmates volunteer to help beautify county

By The Staff

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced the Adopt-a-Highway Spring Clean Week will be held through Friday across the commonwealth.

About 1,100 groups participate in Kentucky’s Adopt-a-Highway program, which was established in 1988. Volunteers clean approximately 8,800 miles of roadside annually, setting an example of responsible environmental stewardship.

Currently, only about 6 percent of eligible Owen County highways are adopted.

Last week, Owen County Jailer David Bruce drafted local inmates to help pick up litter along state highways in the county. Other projects are planned for later this week.

The Adopt-a-Highway program promotes public environmental awareness and supports tourism.

Adopt-a-Highway provides the opportunity to be a part of the solution. Each year, the KYTC spends about $5 million and 200,000 worker hours to remove 96,000 bags of highway litter. Adopt-a-Highway volunteers help save thousands of taxpayer dollars and demonstrate that a clean environment is a shared responsibility.

Any permanently established business, association, community or public organization, or government entity can adopt a stretch of highway.

Volunteers adopt two-mile sections of highway under a two-year, renewable contract with the Transportation Cabinet.

For more information, go to adopt-a-highway.ky.gov