|PENNDOT DISTRICT 10 TO TAKE ACTIVE ROLE IN GREAT PENNSYLVANIA CLEANUP|
Indiana, PA - On Monday, April 23, 2007, PennDOT District 10's office employees will help support the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup by picking up litter along State roads.
Employees at the District 10 Office will leave their computers from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday to pick up trash along Route 422 starting at the Oakland Avenue Interchange in White Township and moving east. Media representatives are invited to attend this event.
Throughout the winter months, litter and debris have accumulated along roadsides. Recognizing the importance of maintaining an attractive highway system for its customers, District 10 will focus its county maintenance resources on clean-up efforts all day on Monday, April 23, along state routes in Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana and Jefferson counties.
Great Pennsylvania Clean-Up Key Dates:
• April 21 - Statewide Great Pennsylvania Cleanup
• April 23 - District 10's office employees pick up litter during lunch; District 10's county maintenance forces pick-up litter.
"Litter-free roadways are important from a tourism perspective, but more importantly, this is where we live. These are the roads our families and friends travel every day, and that's why our employees are eager to participate in our spring clean-up efforts," said George W. McAuley, Assistant District Executive for Maintenance. "We take a lot of pride in how our roadways look."
Picking up litter and keeping roads clean does more than beautify roadways; it helps promote an improved quality of life for all Pennsylvania residents.
Community members and groups are invited to help with the clean-up effort by participating in the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup on Saturday, April 21. Many volunteers can become partners with PennDOT and other state agencies to help remove litter from roadsides, parks and other areas.
To enhance the effort, PennDOT is encouraging its adopt-a-highway volunteers to do one of four annual cleanups on the same day as the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup. The adopt-a-highway program started in 1990 and now has some 7,100 participating groups and organizations statewide.
Participating groups agree to adopt a section of a roadway for two years and collect litter on it at least four times a year.
Groups or residents interested in joining the adopt-a-highway program are encouraged to call the nearest PennDOT county maintenance office and ask for the program's coordinator. County maintenance offices in District 10 can be reached at the following telephone numbers:
• Armstrong County : 724-543-1811
• Butler County: 724-284-8800
• Clarion County: 814-226-8200
• Indiana County: 724-357-2862
• Jefferson County: 814-938-6300
PennDOT asks all motorists to respect the clean-up effort by driving safely, paying attention and slowing down in areas where litter crews are active. Pennsylvania residents can set a good example for their children and others by not littering. The appearance of our State is everyone's responsibility.
For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, access PennDOT's website at www.dot.state.pa.us and click "PennDOT Organizations." Then click "Engineering Districts and County Maintenance Offices" and then the "10" on the map. Weekly construction and maintenance schedules are posted on the site.