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State roadway cleanup day set for April 14

Citizens of Lawrence County have an opportunity to take pride in the community by participating in a cleanup day.

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) state roadway cleanup is scheduled for southeastern Ohio on Saturday, April 14.

Volunteers can report to Etna Street Skate Park in downtown Ironton at 8:30 a.m. Following a short kickoff ceremony at 9 a.m., volunteers will begin their cleanup at area sites. The cleanup is expected to be completed by noon.

The event is all part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest annual community improvement program.

Join ODOT, Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful and Keep Ohio Beautiful as they combine forces this year to pick up litter, recyclables and debris on roadways in Lawrence County.

Event organizers are inviting area groups, businesses and organizations to join in this event by pre-registering online at www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Operations/Maintenance /Pages/SRCRegistration.aspx.

On average, ODOT spends $4 million each year picking up nearly 400,000 bags of trash from highways and interchanges.

ODOT offers an excellent volunteer opportunity year round for volunteers to participate in cleanup programs through its Adopt-A-Highway program. Volunteers adopt a two-mile section of roadway or an interchange along the state highway system, picking up litter and debris a minimum of four times each year.

Groups interested in Adopt-A-Highway can go online to www.dot.state.oh.us and look for the Adopt-A-Highway icon.

For more information, contact Steve Faulkner, ODOT press secretary, at 614-644-7171, steve.faulkner@dot.state.oh.us or your local ODOT district communications office.