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SOUTHEAST Indiana—This is the time of year when many Hoosiers roll up their sleeves and begin the task of “spring cleaning”.  That includes hundreds of Hoosier volunteers “spring cleaning” roadsides along state highways under the jurisdiction of the Indiana Department of Transportation. INDOT’s annual Trash Bash starts tomorrow (APRIL 16).

Adopt-A-Highway groups will be joined by Department of Corrections participants and others in efforts to remove trash, liter and debris from major 4-lane highways, interstate highways and 2-lane state roads over the next four weekends.  Across the state, approximately 2,400 Trash Bashers are expected to clear roadsides along a thousand miles of Hoosiers highways.

Last year, 22,542 bags of trash were collected along with 8,456 cubic yards of loose liter.  Adopt-A-Highway groups alone—representing nearly 1000 volunteers–logged in more than 22-hundred hours worth of “spring cleaning.”  In INDOT’s Southeast District, officials anticipate collecting as much as 2,500 cubic yards of litter.

INDOT encourages all Hoosiers to help keep Indiana highways clean.

  • Don’t litter—Set a good example for everyone, especially children.
  • Be responsible—Carry a trash bag in your car instead of tossing litter out the window.
  • Report it—Report locations where people have dumped garbage to INDOT customer service at 877-305-7611.
  • Adopt it—Find out how your group can become involved in helping beautify an area by participating in Adopt-A-Highway, Sponsor-A-Highway or other highway beautification efforts; call the Southeast District customer service number: 877-305-7611.

Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone. For highway information, monitor social media sites:www.Facebook.com/INDOTSoutheast and Twitter @INDOTSoutheast.  Subscribe to receive text and email alerts at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDOT/subscriber/new.