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Adopting a highway can make a difference


March 29, 2005 (05-055)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Kim Stich, 785-296-3585

Adopting a highway can make a difference

Participants in the Kansas Department of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway are gearing up for the annual Clean Up Kansas Campaign, which will take place during the month of April.

"The roadside looks so much cleaner and people traveling through our great state observe that we take pride in a trash-free landscape," said Fonda Lawrence, KDOT Senior Administrative Assistant, of the work of Adopt-A-Highway groups. "Most people are enthusiastic about the program and know that it's a worthwhile cause."

Lawrence sometimes has a chance to talk to members participating in the program who stop by the KDOT office in Norton.

"The people who are involved enjoy the fellowship they have when they work together to keep the highways clean," Lawrence said. "Their efforts are to be commended for the impact they have made in keeping our roadways attractive to the traveling public."

Currently, there are about 1,700 groups participating in the program. Many urban stretches of roadway have been adopted, but numerous sections in the rural areas have not. "We want people to know there are highways out there available to be adopted," Lawrence said.

Groups clean their sections of roadway three times a year at their convenience. Most choose to schedule a clean-up time in the spring, summer and fall. KDOT provides each group with safety training, trash bags, orange vests and signs for their adopted stretch of highway.

The Adopt-A-Highway program gives groups an opportunity to help keep roadways clean, protect the environment and improve safety. Any non-profit group that does not discriminate upon the basis of race, religion or sex can adopt a section of roadway. Youth groups with members at least 11 years old and adequate adult supervision are also eligible.

For more information, contact the KDOT office in your area.

To adopt a section of highway,
KDOT phone numbers are listed below

(Just ask for the Adopt-A-Highway coordinator in the KDOT office located closest to you.)


Northeast Kansas

Topeka, (785) 296-2291

Horton, (785) 486-2142

Osage City, (785) 528-3128

Kansas City, (913) 299-3750

Wamego, (785) 456-2353

Olathe, (913) 764-0987

North Central Kansas

Salina, (785) 823-3754

Clay Center, (785) 632-3108

Mankato, (785) 378-3166

Marion, (620) 382-3717

Ellsworth, (785) 472-4447

Northwest Kansas

Norton, (785) 877-3315

Phillipsburg, (785) 543-2163

Atwood, (785) 626-3258

Hays, (785) 625-9718

Oakley, (785) 672-3113

Southeast Kansas

Chanute, (620) 431-1000

Iola, (620) 365-2161

Garnett, (785) 448-5446

Independence, (620) 331-3760

Pittsburg, (620) 231-7560

South Central Kansas

Hutchinson, (620) 663-3361

Pratt, (620) 672-7494

El Dorado, (316) 321-3370

Winfield, (620) 221-3370

Great Bend, (620) 793-5408

Wichita, (316) 744-1271

Southwest Kansas

Garden City, (620) 276-3241

Syracuse, (620) 384-7821

Liberal, (620) 624-4451

Dodge City, (620) 227-6122