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The second Adopt-a-Highway event of the year takes place this weekend

State of Michigan

Thousands of bags of garbage are collected during this annual clean-up. The MDOT program is designed to help keep the state’s highway roadsides clean and attractive

Starting Saturday, motorists should be on the lookout.

Adopt-A-Highway volunteers will be fanning out across the state picking up litter. A news release from the Michigan Department of Transportation or MDOT says participants in the program will clean highway roadsides from July 13 to 21 during the second of three scheduled pickups this year.

The Adopt-A-Highway program began in Michigan in 1990 and has grown to involve more than 2,900 groups cleaning more than 6,000 miles of highway. Every year, volunteers regularly collect more than 60,000 bags of trash.

Those volunteers include members of civic groups, businesses, and families. Crew members have to be at least 12 years old, and each group must include at least three people. Groups are asked to adopt a section of highway for at least two years. Adopt-A-Highway signs bearing group names are posted along the stretches of adopted highway.

The year's final Adopt-A-Highway pickup is scheduled for the fall, from Sept. 21 to 29.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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